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 60+ 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


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.