Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Entry Requirements
All students must be 16 years of age and above to enrol into our Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma course.
Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.
Approximately 20 hours per unit.
Optional coursework and final examination.
Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Course Content
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 1: Conditions for Life on Earth and Wildlife Conservation
It is believed that Earth is the only planet which sustains life. Why is this, and what conditions are needed on our planet in order to sustain life and allow organisms to grow. The main conditions needed, such as gases, water, light and temperature will be described and their historic relevance and formation will be described. The concepts and processes of wildlife conservation, why it is necessary are discussed and linked to sustainment of human existence through the maintenance of the physical environments.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 2: Life Processes and the Biosphere
This second module explores the concepts of species and environments. Every organism had to and has adapted in order to maintain its survival today. Most survive in a limited range called its Range of Tolerance and varies from the mouths of volcanoes to the deepest oceans. Each range of tolerance will be studied. We consider succession and what this means in terms of environmental influences. In addition populations will be discussed, particularly concentrating on evolutionary processes within these groups and how different external environmental influences impact these. We will look at issues surrounding mortality and how to explore various statistics that impart information about this process. We will also look at basic mathematical statistical processes within environmental science.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 3: Land Resources
Without land and its resources, no life would be sustained. However the land is a limited resource. How do we use our lands, and how can our habitats be conserved in a way relevant to the environment and the management of sustainability of resources. We also look at conservation laws and intervention programmes such as how tourist visits can be managed and how effective these are. Which organisations are responsible and how do they protect our environment? In addition land-use conflicts within the conservation paradigm are examined and various land-use resolution processes are explored.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 4: The Atmosphere
How did gases originate and how are they distributed in the atmosphere? What occurs in the earth’s atmospheric environment is just as important as what we do on land. In this module the composition and temperature of the atmospheric layers are discussed and also how different organisms survive within these layers. In addition we look at contamination issues, the impact of pollutants e.g. on the Ozone layer, and the characteristics of radiation, together with the implications for global climate changes. The module also discusses various interventions and resolution theories that may help control global climate change.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 5: The Hydrosphere
The other environment essential to life is our oceans, lakes, rivers and seas found on, around and in the earth. This module is mainly concerned with the properties and role of water (as a solid – ice, liquid water and steam gas) within the hydrospheric layer. We will examine and discuss the composition of the layer and look at the hydrological – water cycle, with relevance to sustaining species. In addition we will consider water as a finite resource and how this resource is managed. Discussion of water treatment programmes will be presented, together with different techniques, processes and implications, paying particular attention to fulfilling our forever rising demands.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 6: The Lithosphere
The land is made up of topsoil and below that are the exploitable rocks. This deeper layer contains rocks, minerals and elements and this module will discuss their distribution and availability. How is their use managed and how can their future availability be maximised yet sustained? There will be discussion on the importance of soil, its fertility and its composition, types of fossil fuels, geological processes that describe how rocks formed, and various key cycles, for example the carbon cycle. How humans affect the balance of these cycles, and how this impacts on an already fragile earth, will be discussed.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 7: Energy
Essential to life and crucial to sustainability we look at factors affecting energy generation and its rising disparate use depending on where people live. This module will also discuss and compare renewable and non-renewable energy sources, looking at the pros and cons for both. The availability and storage of energy is a topical issue and this will be looked at in detail, together with how the demands and limitations are managed in the face of global energy crises. We will also consider energy conservation programmes, together with industry and consumer issues relating to energy production, use and conservation.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 8: Pollution
In this module we will define and describe the different types of pollution in its various forms from noise to gaseous, acid rain and solid waste, also looking at how pollution, e.g. impacts climate change, our environment and the way we exist. We will consider the different methods of pollution control, weighing up the advantages and cons for examples and relating them to energy production, use and also the effects on the atmospheric layers of the earth. The importance and methods in growing field of recycling and its effectiveness will be described.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 9: Human Populations and Food Production Systems
The largest impact on life on earth has resulted from humans and their manipulation of the environment to meet their growing needs, e.g. over-fishing of the oceans. Rapid growth in population affect every area of life, but this module specifically considers these changes relating to nutrition and food production. How food production practises change to accommodate varying needs and various controls relevant to food production and the economic and political factors involved are examined. In addition, climate changes affect agricultural techniques and output; these are considered. We will look at the demands and available resources, together with considering the environmental impact of farming methods on maintaining sustainability.
Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma Module 10: Forestry and Sustainability
The forests provide a life support system and so we look at forestry as a resource and how we can manage and sustain this vital resource, particularly in the face of environmental change. We look at deforestation and consider its impacts on the environment and different species. The module looks at lifestyle impacts and demands especially between the developed and so-called developing world, together with consideration of various political and economic factors. Some maths relating to the study of populations will be covered. We in the west have destroyed much of our forests, and yet now dictate to others how they need to manage their lands and forests. However, today we all know that the problems and sustainability debates have to be global.
This Level 3 Environmental Science Diploma course can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.