Preparing for Sustainable Futures: a short course

Are you interested in the Black Mountains College degree, but not sure if it is right for you? Would you like to gain a degree, but need to gain skills or confidence? Would you like to study with a diverse group and prepare together for sustainable futures?

What is it…?

Preparing for Sustainable Futures is a short course, which introduces a range of skills required for study at degree level, with a particular emphasis on those required to study on the BMC degree.

What will I learn?

You will gain an introduction to different approaches to learning; theories of change; and ways of using creative practice to reconnect with the Earth. There will also be opportunities to reflect on your skills and future priorities.

Is it accredited?

Yes, the short course is accredited by Cardiff Metropolitan University, who also accredit the BMC degree. It is worth 20 credit points at Level C (equivalent to first-year undergraduate level). A typical first year is 120 credits in total. You can put the credits towards a longer award, or use them for professional development.

How is it assessed?

You will complete 2 assessments: a 1,000-word written reflection giving your thoughts on an informal group presentation you have participated in, and a 1,500-word written assignment based on a draft on which you have received feedback. You do not need to have any prior experience of academic writing, and the format of the assessment is designed to help you develop relevant skills for degree-level study.

Is it really for me?

This course is designed to make the BMC degree accessible to a wide range of people, with different experiences and backgrounds. There will be no ‘typical’ student on the course, and we think the range of ideas and opinions in the room will be part of what makes it a shared adventure. You may wish to take the short course alongside your existing school or college course, to test out if BMC is the right option for you, or you may take it as a first step back into education after a gap. Either way, we encourage you to apply and find out more!


Key Information

This course will be taught online over 6-weeks, followed by an in-person overnight camp at our campus in Talgarth.

Online Session Date and Time: Wednesdays on 19, 26 April and 3, 10, 17 and 24 May 2023 from 6pm – 9pm

Overnight Camp Date: Saturday 3rd June – Sunday 4th June 2023

Instructions: After booking your spot, you be able to access the webinar link. Join online via Zoom each week. You will be provided with reminders and will be in regular touch with your tutor. 

NOTE: Your ticket covers the online sessions and the camp. This includes spending a night in one of our bell-tents, and all meals will be included. You will be provided with a kit list, directions, and timings nearer the time from your tutor.

*dates may be subject to small changes

How much does it cost?

The standard fee is £450. We have 18 places in total and offer 3 bursaries of £350 and 5 bursaries of £150. When you apply, you will be asked if you wish to apply for a bursary, and may need to provide evidence of your circumstances.  If you would like to be considered for a partial-funded bursary place, then please complete this form. We will be in touch with you about your application and to provide further instructions if you are successful.

Tickets are non-refundable. Depending on the uptake of the course we hold the right to cancel it, in which case you will be refunded.


This course is rated as 1 (most accessible) on our scale of accessibility for the online sessions, and 2 (some access) on the scale for the overnight camping session. Read more about our accessibility policy here.

Please see our booking terms & conditions upon checkout for more information.





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