“Education for sustainable development is the process of equipping students with the knowledge and understanding skills and attributes needed to work and live in a way that safeguards environmental, social and economic wellbeing both in the present and for future generations.” (QAA & HEA 2014)

Embedding sustainability into the curriculum

The UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 (COP26) has highlighted that the world is currently not on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, therefore, everyone must work together to drive forward global action and promote sustainable behaviours. As highlighted in the AOC's report on green colleges, the education sector has the opportunity to weave sustainability into curriculums, which in turn will support the development of ‘green skills’ and progression to ‘green jobs’ across different sectors.

We are fully committed to embedding climate change awareness and green core skills for sustainable living into existing and new OCN London qualifications, assessments, as well as learning resources.


Progress with Access to HE Diplomas

  • The Access to HE Diploma in Fashion Studies has a new unit in sustainable fashion that can help learners understand the key debates around sustainable fashion - ethical fashion, working conditions, origin of garment production, sustainable materials, recycle and reuse, fast fashion.
  • The Access to HE Diploma in Science is equipped with environmental science units that can help learners prepare for further study and work in areas such as ecology, conservation and marine biology.

Qualifications with green units

We have multiple qualifications that combine essential learning and employability units with sustainability, environmental conservation and green care‚Äč units. Examples of qualifications with green units include:

  • L2 Award in Nature Based Intervention and Health introduces the concept of social prescribing to learners who are working in the environmental or outdoors sectors, who have been asked to support ‘green care’ interventions and includes a unit titled ‘ Introduction to Green Care and Nature-Based Interventions’.
  • E3 in Horticultural Skills includes selection of green care, including a unit in undertaking a social enterprise project in horticulture and sustainability
  • E3 and L1 Skills for Vocational Studies include a selection of units in sustainability, environmental conservational and green care
  • L1 and L2 in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care include environment and conservation pathways 
  • L1 Award and Certificate in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering which includes a range of units in sustainability and environmental awareness
  • L2 Award and Certificate in Skills for Professions in Business Administration and Finance which includes  a unit titled ‘Supporting sustainability in the office environment’.

Ofqual number  Unit title  Level Linked Qualifications  Component Funding for 2021/22
Y/617/9174 Environmental Issues E1 OCNLR Entry Level Award in Entry to Employment (Entry 1) Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Entry Level Award in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 1)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Award in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Award in Skills for Independent Living and Employability (Entry 2)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Entry to Employment (Entry 1)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 1)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 2)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Diploma in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 1)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Diploma in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 2)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Extended Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 1)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Extended Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 2)  
      OCNLR Entry Level Extended Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3)  
         
Y/617/6369 Environmental Issues and Sustainability E3 OCNLR Entry Level Award in Horticulture Skills (Entry 3) Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Horticulture Skills (Entry 3)  
         
H/617/6374 Recycling and Managing Waste E3 OCNLR Entry Level Award in Horticulture Skills (Entry 3) Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Horticulture Skills (Entry 3)  
         
F/617/6379 Undertaking a Social Enterprise Project in Horticulture and Sustainability E3 OCNLR Entry Level Award in Horticulture Skills (Entry 3) Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Horticulture Skills (Entry 3)  
         
A/618/3377 Ethical and Political Issues Relating to Land-Based Activities L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies   
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
         
F/618/3378 Global Warming and Climate Change L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
         
R/618/3367 Introduction to Sustainability L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
         
J/505/2040 Project in Sustainability L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies   
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
         
D/506/0418 Organic Horticulture L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Progression  Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Progression  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Diploma in Progression  
      OCNLR Level 2 Award in Progression  
      OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Progression  
      OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Progression   
         
D/618/3369 Recycling and Managing Waste L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
         
Y/505/6576 Understanding Ecology and Conservation L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Progression Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Progression   
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Diploma in Progression  
      OCNLR Level 2 Award in Progression  
      OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Progression  
      OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Progression  
         
T/618/3376 Exploring Careers in the Green Industries L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
         
H/616/8095 Sustainability in Professional Kitchens L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
         
A/615/5675 Sustainability in Hospitality  L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism  
      OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism  
      OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism  
      OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism  
         
L/505/1360 Environmental Awareness in Construction L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
         
H/505/9545 Installing Rainwater Systems L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
         
M/505/9547                                   Retrofit Installation Systems Retrofit Installation Systems L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
         
M/505/0167 Understand How to Introduce Energy Efficient Measures to Potential Customers  L1 OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Award in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Construction and Engineering  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies  
      OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Work Preparation for Building and Construction  
         
A/617/3528 Ethical and Political Issues Relating to Land-Based Activities L2 OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
         
R/617/3499 Organic Holticulture  L2 OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
      OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care  
         
F/615/5676 Sustainability in Professional Kitchens L2 OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism  
      OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Professions in Catering, Hospitality and Tourism  
         
M/504/7849 Supporting Sustainability in an Office Environment L2 OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Business Administration and Finance Adult Skills; ESF; OLASS
      OCNLR Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Professions in Business Administration and Finance  
      OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Business, Administration & Finance  

Linking London Pledge

Earlier this year, we signed up to the Linking London ‘Green Pledge’, which is a commitment to support collaborative work across the Linking London partnership of further and higher education institutions, with the aim of ‘greening’ the educational curriculum to support the needs of the new green economy. By signing the ‘Green Pledge’ we are committed to actions that will reduce climate change and help move us towards net zero carbon emissions.

OCN London, for our part, will support curriculum development for ‘green’ courses and progression routes to/from those courses. We will revisit and update our organisational sustainability policies and work with others to share information on greening our working practices.


Contact us

Call us at 020 7278 5511 or email us for more information on how we can help you deliver 'green' units and qualifications.