The FIDA Sustainability Diploma

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UPDATE 24/01/2024:

The development of our new qualification – the FIDA Sustainability Diploma – is progressing at pace. We are pleased to share that Glasgow Clyde College will be our Credit Rating Body. They are now working closely with us to ensure that our Diploma meets the criteria to be credit-rated on the SCQF at Level 6, with a points tariff equivalent to one Higher. We are delighted to benefit from their expertise as they support us in building an innovative and future-facing qualification that is recognised and valued by universities, colleges and employers. We plan to pilot the Diploma in the 2024/25 session.


Over the past year we have been developing plans for a new qualification – the FIDA Sustainability Diploma. It’s an innovative one-year programme in which young people will learn through tackling real-world projects aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and co-designed with experts from industry and universities.  We are delighted to share that we have been awarded Scottish Government funding to have the Diploma credit-rated onto the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 6. The funding opportunity was announced in October as part of the Government’s ‘Target 2030’ Action Plan, which includes the commitment that all learners from 3-18 should have an entitlement to Learning for Sustainability.

Young people who complete the Diploma programme successfully will earn a qualification rated equivalent to one Higher and recognised by universities, colleges and employers. The Diploma will run as a pilot in the 2024/25 school session and will be available more widely thereafter. If you are interested in getting involved in the pilot, please contact us.

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