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Understanding Environmental Sustainability (TQUK Level 2 Certificate) (19+) — Online Learning

Course outline

This course is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their understanding and awareness of environmental sustainability.

This course is split into six manageable units, with a seventh optional unit available:

Unit 1: Principles of sustainable development

In this unit learners will cover:

  • The definition of sustainable development
  • Human and global issues that impact sustainability
  • Common objections to sustainable development
  • Benefits of sustainable development and environmental management systems
  • The impact that organisations and the environment can have on each other
  • How a carbon footprint is calculated
  • How to manage carbon footprint in an organisation
  • How to reduce carbon footprint in an organisation and at home
  • What ‘resource efficiency’ means
  • Benefits of using resources efficiently
  • Circular sustainability
  • Consequences of organisations polluting the environment
  • How organisations help prevent pollution
  • How management structure can support environmental sustainability
  • How employees can help support environmental sustainability

Unit 2: Principles of sustainable communities

In this unit learners will cover:

  • The definition of ‘sustainable community’
  • What is required for a community to be sustainable
  • The local and global benefits of a sustainable community
  • Resources that can be used to support community development proposals
  • Sources of support for implementing sustainable development in a community
  • Engaging with sources of support for development proposals

Unit 3: Principles of sustainable energy management

In this unit learners will cover:

  • The definition of sustainable energy management
  • Legislation and international agreements relating to sustainable energy management
  • Energy conservation techniques
  • The contribution of renewable energy sources to sustainable energy management
  • How energy saving can be monitored
  • How to manage energy usage
  • How to set targets for energy saving

Unit 4: Social responsibility of businesses in relation to sustainability

In this unit learners will cover:

  • What is meant by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • The importance of social responsibility in businesses for sustainability
  • Why businesses might take action to improve social responsibility
  • The Triple Bottom Line (TBL)
  • How the TBL can impact sustainability
  • Greenwashing
  • The impacts of greenwashing on society
  • The implications of greenwashing on organisations

Unit 5: Principles of waste management

In this unit learners will cover:

  • Types of waste
  • Characteristics of different types of waste
  • Factors which influence the quantity of waste produced by an organisation
  • Legislation relevant to waste management
  • Public and private sector organisations that have a role in waste management
  • The need to manage and minimise waste
  • How waste can be used
  • How waste management can be promoted
  • Methods for disposal of reusable or recyclable waste
  • Methods for disposal of waste that is not reusable or recyclable
  • How to dispose of waste safely

Unit 6: Principles of sustainable transport

In this unit learners will cover:

  • What sustainable transport means
  • Sustainable transport methods
  • The importance of reducing transport vehicles
  • Vehicle fuels not derived from petroleum
  • Factors to consider when assessing alternative fuels as sustainable options
  • Economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainable fuels
  • Economic, environmental and social benefits of reducing the use of vehicles
  • Ways organisations use and interact with transport systems
  • Impact of transport on the environment
  • How organisations can incentivise staff to reduce transport use
  • Incentives that can be offered to the public and transport providers to reduce vehicle use
  • Schemes to penalise vehicle use
  • Barriers that may inhibit the public from reducing vehicle use
  • Types of leisure travel
  • Sustainable options for leisure travel
  • Carbon dioxide emissions of different transport types
  • The impact of carbon dioxide emissions of different transport types
  • Methods to promote more sustainable transport.

Unit 7: Sustainability applied in own setting (optional)

In this unit learners will cover:

  • The purpose of carbon audits
  • Carrying out a carbon audit in own setting
  • Planning sustainability improvements based on the carbon audit
  • What is meant by ‘zero waste’
  • Evaluating a zero waste approach in own setting and creating an action plan
  • How to address sustainability issues in own setting
  • Sources of support when addressing sustainability issues
  • Impacts on sustainability when working from home compared to working in a workplace
  • Energy efficiency and transportation audit
  • Challenges that may be faced when addressing sustainability issues in own setting

You must be aged 19+ to apply for this course.

How to apply for this course

Apply now and if you need to pay any course fees, or provide evidence if you wish to claim a fee reduction, we will contact you to let you know how to do this.

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You can start this course at any time.

Course code: C037889 / Q037890


Understanding Environmental Sustainability (TQUK Level 2 Certificate)


You will study this course at your own pace, but it must be completed within 16 weeks. You will receive an automated email reminding you of when you need to complete your assignment.

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course but you must be aged 19 or over.

Please note: All students will need to complete an Initial Assessment before being enrolled onto the course.

Teaching & assessment

Your assessment will be submitted online through the platform and you will receive feedback from a member of the team who will assess your work and provide thorough and supportive feedback.


You may complete this qualification in preparation to apply and work in this industry or to to enhance their understanding of their work environment. Alternatively, you may wish to progress in the subject to a higher level.

Additional information

Learners may be eligible for funding* which means the course will be free to complete, subject to providing evidence requested to meet the criteria for free courses. There is a £100 withdrawal fee if a learner does not complete the course and we may be able to offer extensions if learners are unable to meet their submission deadlines for their course units.

*If you are a 19-23 year old without a prior Level 2 qualification, this course will not be funded. Please contact the enquiries team to discuss all available options for you.

*Geographical restrictions may apply.

You must be aged 19+ to apply for this course.