University of Leicester Launches a New Higher Education Qualification in Water Management
Institute of Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester, in conjunction
with Brooksby Melton College, Regent College Leicester and Preston Montford
Field Studies Centre, have recently launched a new Certificate of Higher
Education in Water Management.
This course has been designed for people already employed within the
industry, although it is open to anyone interested in the subject area and will
begin in January 2003.
‘We are aware that employers are now looking for people with knowledge
across a wide range of disciplines in the water industries and not just single
subject specialists,’ said Dr David Harper, Senior Lecturer in Biology at the
University of Leicester and course director for the Certificate. ‘We have
designed this course to fill the need for people to reskill in a wider range of
course hopes to attract those already in employment, and can be studied flexibly
over one or two years, with two residential teaching periods in addition to
This qualification has been designed with input from the industry, and it
is therefore hoped that employers will seize this opportunity to develop their
workforce by encouraging and aiding their staff to attend.
main elements of the course are environmental science, evolution, ecology,
biodiversity, aquatic chemistry, microbiology, hydrology and geomorphology.
Study skills and project management are also built in to the course as it
is anticipated that many students will be returning to learning. The course will
have a strong work-related learning approach and the coursework and assessment
methods have been designed for students who do not have previous academic
completing the certificate may be eligible to progress to other relevant
qualifications including a foundation degree and honours level courses.
information can be obtained from:
David Harper is a Senior Lecturer in Biology at the University of Leicester.
He will be teaching the module on Ecology and Biodiversity.
teaching input will come from Ian Wellby, Adrian Love and Fred Owen at Brooksby
Melton College, Ian Pritchard and David Nixon from Regent College Leicester and
from Sue Townsend at Preston Montford Field Studies Council.
degrees are new qualifications, carrying 240 credits at level 4, and are
equivalent to two years of an undergraduate degree.
They are delivered by Universities in partnership with FE colleges and
are designed in response to a clear industry need with input from relevant
They are delivered flexibly so learners can study for a foundation degree
whilst also working.
The course will start in January 2003, with weekly teaching at Brooksby Melton College, and residential periods at Regent College Leicester and Preston Montford Field Centre, Shrewsbury.
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