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Microcredential in Water Treatment

Level 4
10 weeks

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Awarding body: Swansea University

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The Microcredential in Water Treatment is a 20 credit, Level 4 module that is a standalone qualification. It is suitable for those wanting a general overview of water treatment technologies from an engineering viewpoint.

The qualification will provide an overview of contaminants in water and water quality, whilst providing an introduction to water purification and wastewater treatment processes. The course will involve, if possible, a site visit to a water/wastewater treatment plant.

The qualification aims to look at the types of processes that are used to treat water to a standard that is acceptable for distribution or safe disposal. The subject material is taught to give a fundamental understanding of the physical, chemical and biological mechanisms involved in these operations, which includes:

  • Coagulation and precipitation 
  • Sedimentation
  • Membrane processes.

The qualification core themes are:

  • Simple design equations for water and wastewater treatment plant
  • How water treatment plants operate
  • The fundamental scientific processes underlying the design and operation of water and wastewater treatment plant
  • A process flow sheet
  • Standards that are applied to drinking water
  • The appropriate treatment methods for different types of water
  • The physiochemical principles behind unit processes used in water treatment unit processes.

Key information

Combinations of the qualifications below are acceptable, and other qualifications not listed may also be accepted on an individual basis:

  • Typical A-Level offer: DD
  • Typical BTEC offer: relevant BTEC Level 3 profile of Merit/Pass or Pass/Pass/Pass
  • Typical Welsh Bacc offer: Grade C and DE at A Level
  • Typical Access to HE offer: Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 Level 3 credits all passes.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications e.g. mature students with relevant employment experience, will be considered on an individual basis by the programme lead and other members of the programme team.

The qualification will be delivered over 25 contact hours and 15 hours non-contact online.

The session will be broken down into:

  • One day (seven hours) as an introduction at the beginning of the microcredential
  • One day (seven hours) in the middle of the course
  • One day (seven hours) towards the end of the course which will include a visit to a waste water management facility
  • Two x two hour tutorials will be available online
  • The last 15 hours of the course will be online work that students make their way through between contact hours.

You will be expected to study in your own time to complete this qualification. 

The qualification will be assessed through two primary assessments:

A group dissertation project
An open book assessment.

This microcredential is designed to be a standalone qualification for professionals within the industry or aiming to work in the industry. There are other microcredentials that you can apply for both within Gower College Swansea and Swansea University. 

Course costs

£750 although funding may be available to those who live or work in Swansea.

Course duration

10 weeks.

Additional fees

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e.

Travel to and from College, or placement  
Photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks).


Telephone: Higher Education team 01792 284098