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Higher Certificate in Environmental & Geographical Science

Course Code: LC424




2 Years


Applied Science

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry



This programme covers a broad range of topics aimed at addressing key environmental concerns. Students will have the opportunity to explore the linkage between the science and the management of the environment. Throughout the programme, students will develop skills in practical lab work, field work, computing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Subjects on professional development are also included – soft skills that are much sought after by employers. Students will learn about ecology and conservation of the natural environment as well as how to manage resources like waste and energy in business. People with an interest in geography, biology, chemistry, agricultural science and wildlife will find this an exciting course of study.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. Two of these subjects must include Mathematics and a Language (English or Irish). 

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 Credits. 

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e. over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements. 

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What modules will I study?

Year 1  

Introduction to Environmental Science, Rural Land Use & the Environment, Introduction to Environmental Management, Personal Effectiveness, Introduction to Sustainable Development, Applied Environmental Science, Environmental Maths & Computing.

Year 2    

Earth Science & Ecology, Environment & Sustainable Development, Conservation & Biodiversity Management, Waste & Energy Management, Group Work – Theory & Practice, Field Study Skills & GIS.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of this programme can progress onto the Level 8 Honours Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Management in Thurles. This ladder system allows students to obtain an honours degree in four years. 

What are the career prospects?

There is a wide range of suitable roles including Environmental Officers and Environmental Technicians with businesses, public agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). 
Graduates of the programme can develop careers within any of the following:

Private Sector
  • Environmental service providers (energy, waste, water)
  • Environmental consultants
  • Industry
  • Business
  • Self-employment
Public sector and State Agencies
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Local Authorities 
  • Marine Institute
  • Energy Agencies
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Government Departments
Voluntary and Community Sector
  • Development Organisations
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

There are a number of professional organisations that environmental students and graduates can join (for example the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland).  There is a clear route for the future professional development of those working in the environmental sector, with the potential to achieve Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status. 

More Information

Do you like to explore the wonders of environmental science and the great outdoors? Do the challenges of protecting the environment interest you? Are you studying subjects such as biology, geography, agricultural science or chemistry at school? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this may be the programme for you!