Preparing for Carbon Net Zero


Tackling climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time.

This course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to make a difference in your own workplace, within community groups or voluntary organisations.

Learn how to develop a plan for a carbon reduction strategy. Something that could help businesses and organisations take simple steps to change their practices.

It is now recognised global temperature trends are reacting to the enormous quantities of greenhouse gases that have built up in the atmosphere over the past 150 years. But what are the impacts and what can societies at a global, national and local level do to become more climate resilient?

Take this short course and find out some of the key answers.

We welcome enquiries from employers, why not send a member of your staff on the training? We’re offering a golden opportunity for you to reduce your energy costs and get ready for net zero.

This short course will:

  • introduce you to the science and causes of climate change
  • help you understand the complex inter-relationships between environmental systems, human activity, quality of life and how climate change will affect present and future generations
  • develop your carbon literacy skills
  • through the use of real-world examples, enable you to critically explore the strategies, technologies and behavioural changes to help businesses transition towards a carbon net zero economy
  • provide you with the knowledge and skills to identify carbon reduction initiatives for businesses and organisations

Your main assessment will involve preparing a business proposal for a low carbon intervention or low carbon product.

We have partnered with a local business, and they will be involved in the delivery of some elements of the course and will introduce you to the challenges and opportunities associated with decarbonising their production processes, work practices and supply chain.

Course delivery

You will learn using a flipped classroom approach, where you explore topics at home and then you will be able to further develop your understanding of each topic through carefully designed class activities and discussions.

It will involve weekly face-to-face class sessions, including workshops and seminars, along with independent and online learning. Resources will also be available via our Virtual Learning Environment.

You will gain an insight into how local businesses and organisations have approached carbon reduction through site visits, guest speakers, videos and briefs.


The assessment will focus on producing a business proposal for a low carbon intervention or a low carbon product. This will consist of two interlinked elements:

  • a 10-minute oral presentation that pitches the idea to a panel drawn from course tutors and local businesses and organisations
  • a 1,500-word report that sets out the context for the proposal, provides a clear justification for the low carbon intervention or product, and reflects on feedback from the oral presentation

When completing your assessment you will have the choice of either using a live brief supplied by a local business or organisation as the focus for your proposal or you can liaise with your own employer and the course tutors to identify an appropriate alternative focus.

Delivery method
Blended learning
One day on campus per week
Stoke-on-Trent campus

11 weeks

Start date

30 January 2023

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from learners aged 18 and above with a range of educational backgrounds on to our fully accredited short courses. 

Whether you want to see if higher education is right for you, you are looking to give your career a boost or looking to reskill contact our Admissions Team to discuss a place on this course.



This course is eligible for a loan from the Student Loan Company. Find out more about Higher Education Short Course Loans.


Dr Janet Wright

Course Director

Janet's current research focuses on the origins and characteristics of quartz silt within weathering profiles; the soiling, degradation and weathering of sandstone buildings; micro-landform development and slope evolution on exposed salt rocks i…

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Dr Paul Barratt

Senior Lecturer

Paul is a cultural geographer with research interests focusing on environmental engagements, low carbon living and working, and qualitative research methods.

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How to apply

Contact our Admissions Team to discuss a place on this course.

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