BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Environmental Sustainability

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board: Pearsons

2 years

Course Content:

  • Understanding Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Science for Environmental Technicians

The specialist units will include:

  • Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation
  • Understanding Principles of Physical and Biological Environmental Processes
  • Geology of Natural Resources


100% coursework. Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points. 

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Extended Certificate.

We are aware that Pearsons are currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Studying at Alton College:

You achieve modules by completing assignments and some time-constrained assessments. The assignments combine individual research and taught theory with some practical work, and are based on realistic situations.

Entry requirements:

At least Grade C (4) in Science, or Combined Science

Course costs:

Printed packs and electronic book: c. £35 over two years.

Trips £25

Environmental Sustainability works well with:

Applied Science