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CIM Award in Sustainability

  • Level: 6
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Study options: Online learning
  • Locations: Online

Explore key concepts of sustainability to gain a better understanding of the level of change that the organisation can achieve and how marketing facilitates that change.

You will consider the role of marketing in engaging with stakeholders to understand how to reframe core strategies and construct a brand purpose that aligns with relevant sustainability imperatives.

Plan, resource and execute key actions, and communicate how and why your organisation is responding to the evolving sustainability agenda.​

Online learning

Start any time and set your own pace! £450 +VAT ENROL

Fees and payment

Course fees are subject to VAT in the United Kingdom.

Awarding body membership and/or assessment fees are not included.

You can pay the course fees by debit/credit card or provide us with a Purchase Order number to invoice your company.

Entry criteria and support

In order to take this course, you need to have:

  • A relevant Level 4 qualification, such as the CIM Certificate of Professional Marketing; or,
  • A Bachelors or Masters degree with at least one third of credits coming from marketing content (120 credits in a Bachelor degree or 60 credits in a Masters): or
  • 2+ years’ marketing experience in an operational role plus a diagnostic assessment.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency (IELTS Academic Modules overall score of 6.5 or equivalent)

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Do you know which qualification is right for you?

The qualification normally takes 12-15 months. The College will support you for 18 months for added flexibility

As part of this course, you will also receive the full study package and there are lots of free resources available within our student community to ensure you gain the best learning experience possible — This includes:

  • Learning styles support and practical toolkits to help with your studies.
  • The ‘Marketer’s Sustainability Toolkit’ shows you what you need to action in your organisation.
  • Fortnightly personal development and career webinars.
  • Informal Friday Drop-ins which follows a current topic for students to discuss and generate ideas.
  • Two podcasts; one follows the opinions of our experts and the other welcomes guests from the industry.

Course modules

Study hours:
170 hours, split into a provided weekly study plan.

  • Understand what sustainability means for business and society
  • Assess your organisation's greater purpose and the role of marketing in achieving sustainability now and in the future
  • Determine a customer focused approach
  • Evaluate ways to co-create with stakeholders to deliver change
  • Determine the resources required to make long-term value and profitable solutions
  • Create a plan to implement change and measure results through effective results