DfE and the education sector have a joint responsibility for preparing children and young people for the challenges and opportunities they will face – with the appropriate knowledge, skills and pastoral care.” (Department for Education,  2022). The Department for Education's newly published sustainability and climate change strategy intends to position the UK education industry as a global leader in climate change education.

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.


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Qualifications with green units

We have 40+ qualifications at Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2 that combine essential learning and employability units with sustainability, environmental conservation and green care‚Äč units. Green units include:

  • Environmental Issues
  • Ethical and Political Issues Relating to Land-Based Activities
  • Exploring Careers in the Green Industries
  • Global Warming and Climate Change
  • Introduction to Sustainability  
  • Investigate an Environmental Issue
  • Project in Sustainability 
  • Supporting Sustainability in an Office Environment
  • Sustainability Issues In An Industry

Please select one of the categories below to browse our qualifications with green units

  • OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Horticulture, Environmental and Animal Care 
  • 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
  • OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Business, Administration and Finance
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Business, Administration and Finance
  • OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Business, Administration and Finance
  • OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Business, Administration and Finance
  • OCNLR Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Professions in Business, Administration and Finance
  • OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Building and Construction 
  • OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Building and Construction 
  • OCNLR Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Professions in Building and Construction 
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Creative and Digital Industries
  • OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in the Creative and Digital Industries
  • OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in the Creative and Digital Industries
  • OCNLR Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Professions in the Creative and Digital Industries
  • OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Digital Industries and Technology 
  • OCNLR Level 1 Extended Award in Skills for Professions in Digital Industries and Technology 
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Digital Industries and Technology 
  • OCNLR Level 1 Extended Certificate in Skills for Professions in Digital Industries and Technology 
  • OCNLR Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Professions in Digital Industries and Technology
  • OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Early Years
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Early Years
  • OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Health and Social Care
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Health and Social Care
  • OCNLR Level 2 Award in Skills for Professions in Health and Social Care
  • OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Health and Social Care
  • OCNLR Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Professions in Health and Social Care
  • OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Professions in Health and Social Care
  • OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Further Study in Health and Human Sciences
  • OCNLR Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Further Study in Health and Human Sciences
  • OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Further Study in Health and Human Sciences
  • OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Further Study in Humanities and Social Science
  • OCNLR Level 2 Extended Certificate in Skills for Further Study in Humanities and Social Science
  • OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Public Services
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Public Services
  • OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Professions in Sport
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Sport
  • OCNLR Entry Level Award in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3)
  • OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3)
  • OCNLR Entry Level Extended Certificate in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3)
  • OCNLR Entry Level Diploma in Skills for Independence and Employability (Entry 3)
  • OCNLR Entry Level Award in Entry to Employment (Entry 3)
  • OCNLR Entry Level Certificate in Entry to Employment (Entry 3)
  • OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies
  • OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies


Linking London Pledge

In 2021, 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.