Level 4 Diploma Pathways

The Level 4 Diploma in Water Industry Operations and Management offers students a comprehensive range of pathways matched to the principal functions and roles of the UK Water Industry. This includes an overall Water Industry Operation pathway, which is suitable for those seeking a broad knowledge across the entire water cycle, in addition to other specialist pathways.

The qualification concentrates on eight main pathways, identifying the most prevalent areas of the business.

All pathways include four mandatory units:

  • Understanding the structure of the Water Industry
  • Leadership and management
  • Finance
  • The completion of an Industry specific research project

  • Additional pathways:

    Water Treatment

    The qualification structure for Water Treatment addresses both the technical and managerial aspects of the roles in this key function of the industry. Students will learn the process of water resourcing, hydrology, demand forecasting, treatment processes and the importance of water quality. They will also gain an in-depth appreciation of the legislative drivers around water quality in the UK and a deep understanding of the science of water.

    Water Distribution

    This pathway provides an insight into the production of treated water and how water distribution systems are designed and managed. It provides the knowledge for students to address: the management of pressure and flow; the principles of hydraulics; the selection, installation and maintenance of pipework systems; and the management and environmental impact of water leakages.

    Wastewater Network

    This is the first level 4 qualification to specifically address the needs of the Wastewater Network Industry. It will equip students with a detailed understanding of the specifics of sewer design; the importance of effective contractual frameworks; the operation of the sewerage network; and reasons and remedies for structural failure. It also provides an insight into civil engineering principles and the management of construction projects.

    Wastewater Treatment

    The Wastewater Treatment pathway offers students a broad framework to increase their knowledge of a range of advanced Wastewater technologies. It covers the scientific perspective of treatment principles; the environmental aspects of the discipline; and the management of waste using specific technologies, including activated sludge, dewatering and sludge disposal. It concludes with an examination of ways the energy and carbon agenda will affect the industry, in particular biomass and anaerobic digestion.

    Trade Waste

    This is the first qualification of its kind to address the role requirements of those responsible for managing trade waste. Based on a sound understanding of the environmental impact and legislative aspects of trade waste and dealing in detail with the science behind the function, this qualification will equip students with the necessary skills to manage the complex commercial interface between the trader, wastewater treatment engineering considerations and the regulatory frameworks.

    Asset Management

    Providing a water specific Asset Management (AM) route to knowledge (instead of a generic AM qualification), this pathway teaches students the principles of Asset Management. It also allows for study of optional modules from the operational module structure, such as wastewater and water treatment, hydraulics, civils, finance and contract law. This greatly enhances the overall learning experience in this important area of water activity and will prepare students for future industry developments, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM). These core modules (as with the Project Management pathway) can be enhanced with key operational modules, therefore contextualising the whole qualification for the specific role of the student.

    Project Management

    Successful demonstration of skills in Project Management (PM) is at the core of utilities activities. This pathway is specifically designed for the Water Industry. It provides students with a thorough understanding of the key principles of project management, such as general management principles; the control of costs; environmental factors; and contract law in the context of construction. These core modules (as with the Asset Management pathway) can be enhanced with key operational modules, therefore contextualising the whole qualification for the specific role of the student.

    Water Industry Operations

    This pathway provides a comprehensive overview of the entire function of the Water Industry. It is suitable for those seeking broad knowledge across the entire water cycle, in addition to other specialist pathways.