A Diploma qualification worth 24 points at SCQF Level 6 (equivalent to one Higher) which has UCAS and international recognition

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The Learning Programme

In this exciting course, you will learn by designing solutions to real-world problems. You will choose three ‘Global Challenge’ projects, each one posing a problem rooted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. You will learn and use the principles of Design Thinking to develop innovative solutions. You’ll then choose one of your solutions to develop as a sustainable business or social enterprise proposal, with support from the University of Stirling Enterprise Team.  

There are no exams. Assessment is based on a Portfolio of work you build throughout the course.

What will I learn?

The course is divided into three Units:

Unit 1: Understanding Sustainability and Design Thinking

You will deepen your understanding of sustainability and learn the principles of Design Thinking as an approach to solving real-world problems.

Unit 2: Designing Sustainable Solutions

You will choose three Global Challenge Projects from a menu. In each, you will devise a solution to a real-world problem rooted in one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. You will develop the skills of independent research, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and entrepreneurship. These important skills are increasingly sought by employers, universities and colleges.

Unit 3: Entrepreneurship – Ideas Into Action

You will choose one of your solutions from Unit 2 to develop further as a sustainable business or social enterprise proposal. This part of the course includes sessions with the University of Stirling Enterprise Team, and the opportunity to present your proposal and receive feedback from entrepreneurs.

Unit 1

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Diploma Unit 1.1: What is Sustainability?

You are about to begin an exciting journey – to explore sustainability, its vital role in our future, and how you, through your voice and actions, can make a positive impact on the world.

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Diploma Unit 1.2:
Design Thinking:
An Introduction

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Unit 2

Global Challenge Projects

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Save Our Soils – Diploma

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Powering the Community – Diploma

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Waves of Change – Diploma

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Playscapes For All – Diploma

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A Monument For Our Time – Diploma

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Combatting Climate Anxiety – Diploma

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Elements Courses

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Sketching Made Easy – Diploma

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Research Skills – Diploma

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Creating Digital Content – Diploma

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Unit 3

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Diploma Unit 3:
Ideas Into Action

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