Outcomes and Pathways
What this course offers and how you will benefit
This expert-led Level 8 NZQA accredited (15 credits) micro-credential covers a range of proven approaches to sustainability, underpinned by scientifically-informed and indigenous values. You’ll deep-dive into what sustainability means for people, the environment and the economy.
Your learning takes place online offering you flexibility around your busy schedule. Delivered part-time over eight weeks this short course is achievable while working full-time. You don’t have to be an eco-warrior or have studied previous sustainability courses to make the most of the new learnings.
Key themes include the current and future state of sustainability, ongoing global challenges, non-linear and systems thinking, social and environmental justice, economic inclusiveness, community and collaboration, culturally sustainable action, indigenous values and perspectives, climate change, and leadership for change.
On completion of this 8 week programme you’ll have knowledge, tools and capability to begin to make practical changes in your context that will ultimately lead to a thriving and sustainable future for all.
Gain a versatile toolkit with a range of proven approaches to sustainability practices and how to lead initiatives to create positive change
Introduction to applying different strategies to address sustainability challenges
Capability to identify current skills and knowledge gaps and how to develop the knowledge and insight needed specific to your project goals
The ability to action high impact, meaningful and ongoing positive change in your role, sector or community
Where this could take you
Develop and apply your sustainability knowledge to create real, meaningful change
Follow your passion
Make positive impact through change - apply your learning and implement the sustainability-focused initiative you have developed within your household, community or workplace.
Boost your career
Upgrade your professional skills to include a deeper understanding of how to mitigate emerging threats and how to support greater sustainability in the workplace and community.
How this Micro-credential works
Incorporate sustainability into your world
Apply and Enrol
If you are ready to enrol, complete the online application form. We will be in touch to and provide all you need to know to get started on your micro-credential journey.
During the first few weeks, explore content to think critically about authentic leadership for more sustainable futures and evaluate a case study of your choice.
Strategising for Change
Building on your learning, extend your understanding of systems thinking and impact measurement and develop a brief for a sustainability project that you are passionate about.
KEY INFORMATION AND FAQS
What you need to know
If we look at this from a purely academic perspective, a micro-credential is worth 15 educational credits which equates to 150 hours of learning. But how much time you need to commit each week will depend on the length of the programme.
This 8-week micro-credential includes an average of 18 learning hours per week. The Leading Beyond Sustainability micro-credential’s blended delivery approach includes self-directed and directed learning activities supported by 3 x 90 minute virtual synchronous class sessions. Online synchronous sessions will take place on Wednesday 12pm - 1:30pm.
But don’t let that number put you off - our micro-credentials are all about gaining practical, transferable skills. So those 15 hours will comprise weekly sessions (where applicable), time for you to work on your assessment (which can often be work-related or a live project for your workplace or organisation) and applying your new skills and knowledge in your practice.
For further information, download our 2023 student prospectus.
There are currently two intakes of this micro-credential scheduled for 2024 - March and July.
The Leading Beyond Sustainability Micro-credential, supports individuals from a range of industries and communities. This micro-credential could be for you if:
you are passionate about sustainability and find yourself wondering what you can do to contribute to more sustainable futures
your professional or community work has a sustainability or impact focus
Applications close one week before the start date of the intake you are applying for. Applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis after the application close date at the discretion of academyEX. Please contact email@example.com if applications are closed and you would like to apply.
There are no scholarships or discounts currently available for micro-credentials.
The domestic tuition fee for the Programme is $360 (including GST)
The fee for international students in New Zealand is NZD$1125 (including GST)
The fee for international students outside of New Zealand is NZD$1087
To be eligible to study on the Programme, applicants must meet the admission criteria. The high-level entry criteria as approved by NZQA are as follows:
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent level qualification
OR equivalent professional experience in a relevant field.
For further information, including how to demonstrate equivalent professional experience, download our 2023 Student Prospectus.
Absolutely. We’ve had loads of students do the course alongside family members, friends and colleagues. There are also opportunities to work collaboratively on assessments during the programme and work together on a project of interest. Learning is always better together!
Generally, a 15 credit micro-credential will comprise two summative assessments. Some assessments are individual and others may be group based to encourage collaboration with others. Assessments are about applying your learning to your practice or context - developing small plans, strategies, designing initiatives, and exploring and evaluating key concepts or ideas. All assessments will add demonstrable value to your applied knowledge of the area you're learning in.
In the Leading Beyond Sustainability micro-credential, you will critically evaluate a case study of an organisation or project that demonstrates authentic sustainable value, and devise a project brief for a sustainability initiative that you are passionate about implementing in your context.
Micro-credentials are delivered entirely online. Each micro-credential has regular online facilitated classes and self-directed study, that includes viewing videos, completing quizzes and reading relevant papers.
Yes, almost all academyEX learners work full time while studying part time. The workload for micro-credentials has been developed to fit in around full time work or family commitments. The assessments are designed to be practical and linked to personal aspirations and projects.
We are very happy to help you to communicate the benefits of studying with academyEX to your employer. If you would like us to provide you with a letter of support or further information, please just ask.
This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or if you currently reside in New Zealand and your visa conditions allow study.
To find out more about studying with academyEX as an international student, visit our International Students page.
A micro-credential certifies achievement of a specific and coherent set of skills and/or knowledge. Micro-credentials are created through strong evidence of need by industry, employers, iwi and/or the community. Think of them like a ‘crash course’ on the future – bringing you up to speed on what matters today but also what’s critical for a thriving future. They are designed to be done alongside your busy work and personal life, so you don't have to take time off to study.
Our Micro-credentials give you a recognised NZQA qualification.
Delivered through a combination of self-directed learning and weekly live online sessions, you’ll practice and apply the knowledge and skills you learn through two practical assessments. Between 7 and 15 weeks, all micro-credentials have a set price and we run regular intakes at set times of the year.
Our stackable learning means you can take a mix ‘n match approach to building your skills, knowledge and network across programmes, no matter which faculty, so you have a customised toolkit to make change and innovate where it matters most to you.
You can think of micro-credentials as building blocks of learning. Each building block could be credited to larger qualifications (e.g. a Master’s degree) if a specific micro-credential aligns to specific learning outcomes covered in a larger qualification. It’s worth having a chat with us about what you’re seeking to achieve for your upskilling so we can help with selecting the right learning pathways for you.
Okay, so what’s next
Make an enquiry
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