An excellent introduction to environmental studies providing a broad based grounding in environmental and conservation issues, and a foundation course for higher learning

This is a broad based course for anyone who has not previously studied the subject. An understanding and appreciation of the environment is increasingly relevant and useful in many different workplaces.

Workplaces that were once barely concerned with the environment are now days being impacted by legislative ethical and even financial pressures -forcing them to change procedures that reflect a global concern for the environment.

Studying a course such as this can strengthen your value to an employer; and prepare you for adaptations you may need to make in your own business into the future.

Environmental Studies - Home Study Course

  • Study for a career in Sustainability or Environmental Management
  • Learn to live in harmony with nature
  • Lay a foundation to work in the sustainability and environmental industries.


Course Structure and Contents

There are six lessons in this course as follows:

  1. Living Things -
    • Classification of plants and animals
    • identifying living organisms
    • using identification keys
  2. Basic Ecology -
    • Populations
    • communities
    • ecosystems
    • constituents of ecosystem
    • the ecosphere
    • the web of life
    • habitats and niches
    • humans in the environment.
  3. Global Environmental Systems -
    • The Earth's structure
    • the atmosphere
    • climatic systems
    • Gaia theory
    • the carbon dioxide cycle
    • El Nino.
  4. Environmental Problems -
    • Deforestation
    • loss of agricultural land
    • loss of biological diversity
    • loss of water
    • loss of non renewable resources
    • environmental weeds
    • the Greenhouse Effect
    • Ozone depletion
    • ozone as a Greenhouse gas
  5. Conservation -
    • The definition and goals of conservation
    • the history of conservation
    • natural resources (renewable and non renewable).
  6. Acting Locally: Thinking Globally -
    • Humans and water
    • how to minimize water usage
    • energy use in the home
    • reducing household waste
    • domestic transport and its affect on pollution
    • building materials and their environmental impact.


Duration: 100 hours


  • To understand the binomial system of classifying living things
  • To understand the use of keys to identify living things
  • To grasp the basics of ecology (the relationships between living organisms and their environment)
  • To have a basic grounding in Earth Science and an understanding of global environmental systems
  • To understand the Earth's major environmental problems and how they have come about
  • To gain an understanding of conservation and its importance to individuals and the world
  • To learn a range of ways to reduce the environmental impact of ones' actions at home and globally


Here are some of the things you may do throughout this course:

  • Classify a range of living organisms in your locality
  • Identify the genus and species names of plants in a nursery
  • Compose a food web for your local area
  • Carry out basic research into the weather in your area and what affects it
  • Carry out in depth research into at least one major environmental problem
  • Contact three conservation organisations to determine the issues they deal with
  • Survey a building to determine the types of building materials used
  • Design an environmentally friendly house

Career Tips

  • Tip: Ensure your skills are up to date, by pursuing further studies or attending professional development activities.
  • Tip: Keep up to date with what's happening in the field of Environmental Science. What are the most pressing issues and where is there likely to be more work?
  • Tip: Join a networking group to meet people who are working in the field.
  • Tip: Get some experience. Whether paid or unpaid, experience will always make your CV look more impressive and give you some practical knowledge to apply in your interview.




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Phone (UK) 01384 44272, (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or

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