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Environmental Sustainability


The words ‘environment’ and ‘sustainability’ are used prolifically and widely misunderstood. This course will suit you if you want to understand what lies behind the words and be able to make a knowledgeable contribution to debates about the environment.

You will gain an understanding of the environmental processes that underpin topical issues such as climate change, wildlife conservation and sustainability. You will understand the principles of sustainable development and develop your practical research skills.

This course goes well with geography or science and may also appeal to you if you are taking politics, business or social science or want to improve your understanding of environmental issues.

It is a very varied subject and you get to learn about all different aspects of the environment. I have particularly enjoyed the field trips looking at rivers and the coast. I have enjoyed the learning atmosphere and the work doesn’t involve too much writing which is good.

Matthew Johnson ex Patcham High School

Course Essentials

Courses Available
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Entry Requirements
How The Course is Assessed
100% coursework
Career Pathways
There are a range of careers in the environmental field such as conservation, ecology, weather forecasting, planning or building professions, farming, forestry and horticulture, water management and eco-tourism.
Transferable Skills
Teamwork; field and desk based research; quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques; understanding a range of environmental issues and their political context.
Other Information

The course has links with the sciences but the material is accessible to students from the humanities or social sciences. Students undertake regular local fieldwork.

The teaching team are actively engaged in conservation work and environmental research.
Enquiries To
Mark Halliwell: mrh@varndean.ac.uk