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University of Leicester Launches a New Higher Education Qualification in Water Management

October 2002
No 236

The 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 disciplines’.

The 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 weekly sessions.  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.

The 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 qualifications.

Students completing the certificate may be eligible to progress to other relevant qualifications including a foundation degree and honours level courses.

Further information can be obtained from:

Fiona Donovan , Foundation Degrees Development Officer , Leicester Institute of Lifelong Learning , University of Leicester , 128 Regent Road , Leicester LE1 7PA . Tel: 0116 252 5920 , email:


Dr David Harper is a Senior Lecturer in Biology at the University of Leicester.  He will be teaching the module on Ecology and Biodiversity.

Other 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.

Foundation 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 potential employers.  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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