Qualification -Advanced Diploma in Environmental Studies

Course CodeVEN020
Fee CodeAD
Duration (approx)2400 hours
QualificationAdvanced Diploma



This flexible and unique course offers you the best of our environmental courses and the practicability of business, photography and research. 

Environmental studies examines the interactions between humans and the environment, with the intention of addressing any issues around sustaining natural environments and resources. It is a complex, but fascinating area of study that is of utmost importance in this day and age.
There are a number of major environmental issues in the world today, such as:
  • Deforestation
  • Habitat Loss
  • Loss of Agricultural Land
  • Loss of Biodiversity
  • Endangered Water Supplies
  • Exhaustion of Non-renewable Resources
  • Climate Change
This course covers all this and much more - examining the theory behind these issues, as well as practical applications.

What's Different About this Diploma?

  • Options to choose a unique range of electives
  • A longer, more in depth diploma than what is offered at many other colleges (Compare the duration - 2400 hours - with elsewhere). Study more, learn more, go further in your career or business.
  • A stronger focus on learning - rather than focusing on assessment, we believe that it is what you learn that makes the difference.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification -Advanced Diploma in Environmental Studies.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Environmental Studies VEN100
 Introduction To Ecology BEN101
 Research Project I BGN102
 Research Project II BGN201
 Research Project III BGN202
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 18 of the following 30 modules.
 Business Operations VBS006
 Business Studies BBS101
 Financial (Money) Management BBS104
 Geology BSC115
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Nature Park Management I BEN120
 Ornithology BEN102
 Soil Management - Horticulture BHT105
 Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
 Vertebrate Zoology BEN104
 Conservation & Environmental Management BEN201
 Digital Photography (Short Course) BPH202
 Earth Science BEN204
 Environmental Waste Management BEN202
 Forage Management BAG226
 Marine Studies II BEN203
 Nature Park Management II BEN207
 Project Management BBS201
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Landcare Reafforestation) BHT205
 Weed Control BHT209
 Wildlife Management BEN205
 Business Planning BBS302
 Environmental Assessment BEN301
 Environmental Chemistry BSC306
 Plant Conservation BHT346
 Plant Ecology BSC305
 Plant Taxonomy BHT344
 Soil Management (Crops) BHT303
 Soil Microbiome Management BSC310
 Water Conservation And Management BEN302

Note that each module in the Qualification -Advanced Diploma in Environmental Studies is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


There are a vast number of environmental problems in the world.  Whilst one person single handedly may not be able to reverse the greenhouse effect or other large problems, we are often able to vote at elections, and we are able to modify our own domestic habits to minimise the environmental damage caused.  If enough people change their way of thinking and their way of living, then global change is possible.  Whilst we may act locally, we can think globally about the consequences of our actions.
Here are a couple of things you can do in your own home to make a difference:
  • Recycle waste water (bath and shower) for use in the garden.
  • Select plants suited to the local environment for use in the garden so that garden watering is minimised.
  • Collect rainwater (e.g. tanks).
  • Check any pipes or equipment that water flows through for leaks on a regular basis.
  • Install water saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators
  • Use chemical-free cleaning products
  • Use energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind and water power
  • seal gaps to minimise heat loss or gain,
  • use curtains, blinds, awnings, etc. to reduce heat loss in winter, and heat gain in summer
  • use energy efficient appliances (many larger appliances will have an energy efficiency rating on them)
  • turn off lights and appliances that are not being used,
  • Keep door closed if you're not using those rooms (don't heat rooms not in use).   
  • Install insulation, this can be in the ceiling, floor and walls.
  • Keep heating and cooling units clean and well serviced.
  • Purchase only those items we need.
  •  Select items with a minimum of packaging. 
  • Collect shopping in reusable string bags, or similar.
  •  Select purchase items made from materials that have been, and can be recycled.
  •  Separating waste, recycling, and composting (add valuable nutrients to your garden). 
Getting an Environmental Job

People are increasingly more environmentally aware and job opportunities are expanding rapidly in this and related industries.

Despite this fact, many graduates from environmental courses can find it difficult to obtain employment.  Often this may be attributed to the type of course they have undertaken, or the level at which they have studied.  Many environmental courses also begin with general study and finish off with study in a specific and narrow field. This is important if you are to become an expert in a specialised field, but it can mean that your job opportunities become limited due to high competition between applicants for a limited number of available positions.

What is Different about Studying with ACS?

This is what one of our students said:

"The main difference between my experience of studying at University and studying with ACS is that at University you're basically regurgitating text books. In contrast ACS assignments can be quite involved requiring hands-on application of principles, creative thinking and analysis." Dennis - Certificate graduate, who previously completed a university degree.

Increase Your Prospects

You can increase your chances of gaining employment however, by taking the following factors into consideration:

  • Choose a general environmental course to begin your studies as this will give you a broad foundation of environmental skills and knowledge with which to apply to your environmental employment;
  • Supplement your environmental studies with study in subject areas that will provide you with additional skills that you can use in your environmental employment such as study in management, computing and writing; and
  • Try to obtain work experience within your chosen field of employment while you are studying. This will allow you to acquire specialist skills while gaining contacts as well as valuable content for your resume.

If you seek a career in this industry, our advice is to look carefully at the courses you undertake and be prepared to embrace every opportunity to obtain valuable experience, whether paid work or voluntary.

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