Environmental Sustainability

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Environmental sustainability and related environmentally-based sectors are growing rapidly within the UK. The government has introduced relevant legislation and international agreements and protocols with an emphasis on reducing global warming, climate change, low carbon economy and the need for conservation.

This course has been designed to build on learning from Key Stage 4 or other Level 2 qualifications for those who may wish to explore a vocational route at Level 3. The course provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector through to progression onto higher level qualifications related to environmentally-based sectors.

The qualification gives learners opportunities to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills and wider skills, such as research skills in an environmental and/or sustainability-related context.

You will find out what sustainable development involves and investigate sustainable communities. A large part of the course also covers environmental science and you will learn about conservation and geology. You will gain an understanding of how environmental scientists are involved in a variety of roles, through team working, discussion and debate. As a part of classroom activities, you will be given vocational roles to investigate such as –

– How are new developments planned and built to ensure sustainability?

– How do we know that species are endangered and what can conservationists do to help?

– What is the role of geologists in finding resources?

– How do environmental scientists work with farmers to improve their crop yields?

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Environmental Sustainability, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma AF-ENSU3S-D(0000)000

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above.

You should have achieved a grade 4 or 4/4 in Science GCSE.

On this two year course at HSDC Alton, you will study the following units:

Year 1:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Science for Environmental Technicians

Year 2:

  • Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation
  • Physical and Biological Environmental Processes
  • Geology of Natural Resources

A wide variety of learning and teaching methods are used, including lectures, group discussions, tutorials and independent research. You will have access to a wide range of materials and resources to help with your assignments through e-learning systems and you will be provided with guidance booklets on how to complete your assignments.

100% coursework

HE Courses in Environmental Science, Geography, Urban Planning, Biology, Zoology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Archaeology.

Apprenticeships in Environmental Sciences.

Employment as an Environmental Scientist, Urban Planner, Conservationist.

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I like how this course is different from studying GCSEs - it's more specialised. I find the subject really interesting. I am studying environmental issues in more depth in my EPQ. This course has introduced me to new interests which I want to go on to study at university.

Jemima Boam, Environmental Sustainability Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

BTEC Environmental Sustainability is a good option alongside two A Levels. It helps to take the pressure off during exam period. Furthermore, the grades are the same as A Levels, a D* is the equivalent to an A* for example, but I feel the likelihood of me getting a D* in all coursework based work is greater than the chance of me getting an A* in exams. Environmental Sustainability also links well with Geography.

Kieran Rawnsley, Environmental Sustainability Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma