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Environmental Sustainability

Course Code: NDESD

Level: 3
Subject area: Science
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: BTEC, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

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About the course

Become a marine scientist or conservationist! City College Plymouth is extremely proud to offer this high quality, advanced level BTEC Extended Diploma in Marine Science and Conservation, which is equivalent to three A Levels. You will learn from experts in marine science in our specialist, well-resourced facilities, and benefit from the College’s close links with the National Marine Aquarium and the Mount Batten Centre. This course has a varied learning programme which can enable you to progress to environmental, maritime and sustainability industries or on to a wide range of universities studying subjects ranging from ecology to geology, environmental science and many more.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following core units:

  • understand the principles of sustainable development
  • sustainable communities
  • science for environmental technicians
  • energy management
  • informatics for environmental and sustainability industries
  • the business environment
  • understanding the principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
  • understanding principles of physical and biological environmental processes

Additional units include:

  • undertake an investigative project in the environmental sustainability sector
  • using mathematical tools in science
  • using statistics in science
  • understanding water quality
  • practical chemical analysis
  • understanding coastal management
  • scientific practical techniques
  • geology of natural resources
  • geospatial technology and sustainable development
  • water pollution control and management
  • understanding river fishery creation and management
  • extraction and refining of metals
Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (C or above), including maths, English language and at least one science.


There are no examinations. Assessment is by coursework only.

What's next?

Upon successful completion, you may progress to a wide range of courses in marine science, marine biology, environmental science and environmental sustainability.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: NDESD

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): £30

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 C
19 - 23 C  +  D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ C  +  D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.