Sustainability and Global Citizenship

University Centre South Essex

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

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Course summary

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The philosophy of the degree is that, through the knowledge and skills they gain, students will be able to act as global citizens, making informed choices for positive change and thus contributing to sustainability. The programme is built upon a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable development with an underlying ethos that environmental, political, social and cultural aspects of sustainability and global citizenship are interwoven and interdependent. By studying these aspects and the inter-related nature of them, students will gain a holistic understanding of sustainability and what contributions ‘global citizens’ can make to sustainable practices. Each of these themes is developed in breadth – via the variety of contexts of the programme modules – and in depth, exploring and engaging with the concepts and themes in more detail through the three years. The second, and complementary, ethos of the degree is to provide graduates with the skills needed to be valuable employees in the sustainable-development sector and as potential post-graduate students in the scientific community. In this respect, the teaching methods, indicative content and assessment methods are deliberately chosen for students to develop and practice their verbal and written communication skills in ways which will enhance their professional skill set. The breadth of topics covered in the degree gives students an introduction to the diversity of careers and sectors which they can work within as graduates. Using case-studies, undertaking visits and introducing students to guest speakers and professionals will enable them to develop both personal and scientific opinion as to the key needs for sustainability; additionally, they will be able to make decisions as to which of the many career paths available they will want to pursue. Throughout the design and delivery of the modules, all aspects and materials will be consistently viewed through the three critical lenses of theory, application and professional development, to promote the ongoing personal development and commitment required to complete the programme.

Course details


Year 1 • What is Sustainability? • Protectors of the Planet • Topical Issues • Introduction to Research Methods • Work-Based Learning & Placement Year 2 • Humans and the Sea • Humans and the Land • The Business of Sustainability • Humans and Health • Field-based practice Year 3 • Final Major Project (Dissertation) • Life on Planet Earth • Technology and Sustainability • Future Solutions

Assessment method

Across the programme students are assessed using a variety of methods including; Essays, Research Projects, Presentations, Case Studies and Research Reports. Please note that full assessment information can be found in the module descriptors. Percentage of the course assessed by coursework Year 1 100% coursework (please refer to the module descriptors for assessment methods) Year 2 100% coursework (please refer to the module descriptors for assessment methods) Year 3 100% coursework (please refer to the module descriptors for assessment methods)

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeLF81
Institution code S43
Campus nameSouthend Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits 15 credits at Merit or above.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language GCSE at grade C (4) or above, OR a Level 2 equivalent such as Functional Skills or Adult Literacy; Mathematics GCSE at grade C (4) or above, OR a Level 2 equivalent such as Functional Skills or Adult Numeracy.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 - minimum 6.5 across all components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Sustainability and Global Citizenship at University Centre South Essex - UCAS