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Environmental and Land-based Studies Diploma (Higher) 14-16 at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

The Diploma in Environmental and Land-based Studies will give you first-hand experience of the opportunities, occupations and career paths offered by the sector. The Diploma has been developed to give you a broad understanding of the current needs of the sector’s diverse businesses. You will learn through doing and this will give you a clear idea of what working life might be like. It will also help you question and challenge outdated stereotypes of what this sector is all about. What will I learn? The Diploma in Environmental and Land-based Studies focuses on three main themes across all levels: Productive and working environments: This looks at the limited resources of our natural environment, our impact on it, how it influences us and how these resources are used. Plants and animals: This explores how we use plants for commercial, recreational and conservation purposes and animals for food production, recreation, work or companionship. Developing the sustainable environment: This theme will explore the impact we have on our environment, and how important it is to use environmentally friendly ‘green’ practices. How is the Diploma made up? Principal learning (subject learning you have to do) The core subjects within Environmental and Land-based Studies are at the heart of the Diploma. These will introduce you to the essential things you need to know about the sector. You’ll learn about the issues that are affecting the industry today, how it works and what skills you need to have to work within it. Activities you might do in your principal learning Productive and working environments You’ll learn about the threats to natural environments. You could, for example, learn about the types of organism that cause disease and damage to plants, the economic problems this causes and how hygiene and healthcare addresses the threat. Plants and animals You’ll learn a lot about the animal and plant kingdoms. You could, for example, identify and classify common plants and animals. Developing the sustainable environment You’ll learn about how human lifestyles affect the environment. You could, for example, analyse the impact a community like your school is having on the environment and work out how to protect it better. Additional and/or specialist learning (choices you can make) As part of the diploma you will be able to study additional subjects Functional skills in English, maths and ICT Like all Diploma students, you’ll develop a good standard of English, maths and ICT. These subjects are essential to succeed in any business or learning environment. Personal, learning and thinking skills All Diploma students will develop personal, learning and thinking skills, such as team-working, creative thinking and self-management. These are vital skills in both life and work, and will be useful to you in the future, no matter which path you take. Work experience Your Diploma will give you the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience. This is a great way to use the skills you have learnt in the classroom, and experience what work is like from the inside. Student projects During your Diploma, you’ll complete a student project to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. This could be a written piece of work, like a report into the damage that food production can do to the environment, or it could be a practical piece of work, like a video to show how energy can be saved in your home.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

A Diploma in Environmental and Land-based Studies will give you the skills you need for either university or work, and is a first step towards a career in the sector. It could lead you to a university degree in subjects like Environmental Science or Horticulture. Alternatively, it could help you begin a career in the sector or even take a first step in starting up your own business. This could be anything from a florist to a small-holding. However, the Diploma in Environmental and Land-based Studies doesn’t mean you have to opt for a career in this sector. Because a Diploma teaches a mix of subjects, it will give you the skills that will be welcomed by colleges, universities and employers, no matter what you choose to do.

Further information

This course is offered by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years