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Understanding Decarbonisation

Understanding Decarbonisation


The purpose of this course is to provide in-depth learning and an insight into the historical causes of climate change, including the key scientific evidence of greenhouse gas emissions. Reviewing the impacts and the solutions that are being deployed to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 Celsius in the race to NetZero.

This has been developed to support, the race to NetZero and as an important step in an organisation or individuals sustainability journey. It is ideal for learners who have completed the understanding environmental sustainability course.

Learners who successfully complete the course are awarded a certificate to be used for CPD purposes which states that they understand sustainability, decarbonisation, climate change and clean energy.

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?

  • Defining "Decarbonisation"
  • Understanding The Main Sources Of Carbon Dioxide Emissions
  • Explaining The Human Contribution To Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels
  • Describing The Main Causes Of The Greenhouse Effect And Climate Change
  • Understanding The Impact Of Human Carbon On The Greenhouse Effect And Climate Change
  • Understanding The Differences Between Renewable And Non-Renewable Energy Sources
  • Describing The Main Features Of Solar Energy Production
  • Describing The Main Features Of Wind Energy Production.

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 studied over 3 months.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by online multiple choice assessment. Assessment is by two on-line multiple-choice quizzes covering the theory and the practical elements of installation

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How do I apply?

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

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