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Introduction to Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Introduction to Hydrogen and Fuel Cells


Creating an understanding of the importance of hydrogen as a fuel. Beginning with its basic physical and chemical properties, this course culminates in the latest breakthroughs around this highly versatile clean technology.

The purpose of this programme is to introduce the evolution of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen technologies for use today. Learners will gain an appreciation for this promising energy source and will learn how it works in vehicles and devices, as well as its potential applications across many industries. Through hands-on activities and real-world examples, they explore the environmental and economic implications of using hydrogen in our daily lives.

The course examines issues ranging from safety protocols to regulations surrounding the production and transport of hydrogen fuel. By understanding these challenges and uncovering new opportunities, students can help shape a more sustainable future for us all. Finally, participants discover ways to access further knowledge in line with their own interests and initiatives that contribute to a greener world for everyone.
This has been developed to support the race to NetZero and as an important step in an organisation or individual’s sustainability journey.

Learners who complete the programme are awarded a digital credential from City & Guilds, which states that they can understand sustainable development, clean energy and how to carry out a carbon footprint.

There are two credential options available:

  • Free - printed certificate from Vision West Nottinghamshire College
  • £25 – printed certificate and digital badge from City & Guilds

Our online courses give you the flexibility to manage your life and studies

  • 24-hour access to your online course
  • Maintain earning power while you learn
  • Study around work or family commitments
  • Study in the comfort of your own home.

Start dates and fees

Start date



This course is free for adults aged 19+.

Optional certificate costs

You have the option of choosing one of the two credentials listed below:

  • Free - printed certificate from Vision West Nottinghamshire College
  • £25 – printed certificate and digital badge from City & Guilds

What will I study?

This is an online course and is made up of the following modules:

  • What is hydrogen and where does it come from?
  • Storing and transporting hydrogen
  • The hydrogen economy
  • Introduction to fuel cells
  • Industrial hydrogen health and safety
  • Applications of fuel cells
  • The future of fuel cells
  • Final assessment.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

All applicants must live in England and NOT live in one of the locations listed here.

How long is the course?

20 hours over 3 months


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by online multiple choice assessment. The Final assessment - is made up of two multiple choice tests with a pass rate of 60%

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How do I apply?

Please contact the adult and community learning team on 01623 413602 or

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