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Carbon Literacy
Carbon Literacy
Carbon Literacy
Carbon Literacy course

Overview - Carbon Literacy

This Carbon Literacy course looks at the basic science behind climate change. Completing this course will help you understand how our climate is changing and learn more about your role in taking action.

On completion of this course learners will understand:

  • What greenhouses gases are and their relationship to weather and climate
  • How the climate is likely to change and how we know this
  • How changes in the climate are likely to affect us
  • How our actions impact on the amount of greenhouse gases produced and the impact that they have
  • How we can motivate others to take action and gain confidence in expressing our Carbon Literacy to others
  • Where we can go to get help and what help is available to us
  • What we are already doing locally and nationally
  • What we can do to reduce our impact and the benefits and disadvantage of taking action

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your Virtual College certificate.

Lesson Plan

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Section 1
    • Energy
    • The greenhouse effect
    • Relative contribution to global warming
    • Carbon dioxide
    • Climate change
  • Section 2
    • What’s the scale of the problem?
    • The scientists
    • How confident in the science are we really?
    • Conclusions
    • Research
    • How is climate change affecting us?
    • The 2 degree threshold
    • What the near future holds
    • Global temperature records
  • Section 3
    • How is climate affecting us already?
    • Ice melt
    • Positive feedback loops
    • Albedo effect
    • Peat
    • Oxygen in the oceans
    • Urban head island effect
    • How does this affect us in the UK?
    • Infrastructure
    • Extreme weather events
    • Coldest
    • Driest
    • Wettest
    • Desertification
    • Ocean acidification
    • Sea level rise
    • Takin action
  • Section 4
    • Where does our energy come from?
    • UK emissions
    • No-renewable energy
    • Renewable energy
    • Renewable energy sources
    • Renewable use in the UK
    • Infographic
    • Carbon footprints
    • A load of laundry
    • Cycling a mile
    • A newspaper
    • Drying your hands
    • A carbon footprint of 10kg
    • One kilo of cheese
    • Global emissions
    • Our choices
  • Section 5
    • What can I do?
    • Climate change denial
    • Global emissions
    • Reducing our impact
    • UK emissions
    • Your sector
    • Disadvantages: ‘The material world’
    • Making choice
  • Section 6
    • Internationally
    • Nationally
    • Double-edged swords
  • Section 7
    • Where can we go to get help?
    • Your sector
  • Section 8
    • Comic
    • Communicating our carbon literacy to others
    • Putting ‘carbon’ in the conversation

Target Audience

The module is suitable for anyone wanting to further their knowledge about Carbon Literacy and be on their way to achieving their own Carbon Literacy accreditation.


Approximately 3-4 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced and you do not have to complete all the training in one session. Your progress will be recorded throughout.


This course is CPD certified.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

How does the course work?

This is an online course so you (or your learners) can complete the training on your computer, tablet or mobile device anywhere there is an internet connection.

The course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners keep in touch and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but the course does have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate.

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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