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Environmental Sustainability BTEC Level 3 at Priestley College

Course description

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.

Recent research and consultation with prospective employers, education providers, learners and parents has identified a need to develop current vocational training and qualifications in  environmental sustainability, environmental goods and services, and related environmental conservation sectors. This is to meet the considerable interest from employers and to support the low carbon economy and skills development in this area.

Course content

Topics such as climate change, conservation, environmental monitoring and energy management are fundamental to the development of environmental awareness, and there is a drive within the sector to see an increase in the practical skills and techniques that support environmental understanding. There are plenty of opportunities on this course to carry out practical work in the field. You will study a compulsory unit involving the key principles of sustainable development. Other optional units are likely to include the geology of natural resources, science for environmental technicians and wildlife ecology and conservation.

Entry requirements

You should be able to demonstrate an interest in the environment and previous qualifications such as:

  • a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Applied Science, Countryside and Environment or a related vocational area
  • a standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSEs at grade A*-C
  • other related Level 2 qualifications and, if possible, related work experience.


All assessment is done through coursework, so there are no external examinations. Assignments have a clear criteria and deadlines that must be met. You can achieve a pass, merit or distinction on each piece of work and these combine to produce the final grade. Some of your assessments will be based on data you have collected on fieldwork. Marking of your coursework is done internally by your teacher and then externally verified by Edexcel the course provider. All units must be passed to achieve this qualification.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Environmental Sustainability can lead to further study and employment in areas including: ecology, waste management & recycling, conservation, government policy unit, journalism and land management or town & country planning. Most large businesses are actively developing their response to environmental sustainability and responsible, greener resource management, including energy companies, charities or NGOs such as Greenpeace, WWF or the National Trust, civil engineering, construction and major transport infrastructure projects such as HS2.

Further information

The very nature of the Environmental Sustainability BTEC means that students will have opportunities to put the theory that they learn in the classroom into practice in the field. Recent educational visits and field trips have included Iceland, Sicily, Hilbre Island, Staffordshire and Dudley. Where next?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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