BTEC Environmental Sustainability

About the course

This BTEC Level 3 Award is studied over Years 12 and 13. The course provides 180 credits (equivalent to three A Levels). The course explores a wide range of environmental topics and the industry that is growing to tackle issues relating to sustainability. You will gain skills and knowledge development that will be valuable in the rapidly growing low carbon economy.

Overview of units

Year 1:

  • The Principles of Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Science for Environmental Technicians
  • Energy Management
  • Informatics for Environmental and Sustainability Industries
  • The Business Environment
  • Using Mathematical Tools in Science
  • The Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation
  • Understanding Coastal Management
  • Work related experience in the Environmental Sustainability sector
  • Scientific Practical Techniques

Year 2:

  • Principles of Physical and Biological Environmental Processes
  • Undertake an Investigative Project in the Environmental Sustainability Sector
  • Using Statistics in Science
  • Mathematical Calculations for Science
  • Waste Management
  • Understanding Water Quality
  • Pollution and Control Management
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Sustainable Transport

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s or equivalent including Maths and English


You will be assessed through completing coursework. At the end of Year 1, you will gain the Subsidiary Diploma in Environmental Sustainability (1 A Level equivalent). At the end of Year 2, you will be awarded the Extended Diploma in Environmental Sustainability (3 A Level equivalent).

Where you can go next

There are a variety of employment options and higher apprenticeships available in sustainability and green jobs, as well as links to engineering jobs and coastal and marine management. This BTEC can also be used as a pathway to an HND or degree in applied science, environmental science or marine or coastal sciences.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the Pearson website.

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