Access To Higher Education | Diploma in Environmental Sciences | Level 3

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Course Type: Access to Higher Education Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements tab Assessment: Written assignments, presentations and exams. Qualification: LASER Access to Higher Education Diploma: Environmental Science Level 3 Awarding Body: Laser Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan Fees (September 2023): £3384.00

Why this course?

Environmental science is a broad discipline which is at the heart of many current global and local issues such as pollution, climate change, population growth and sustainable development.

You will study aspects of climate change, biodiversity and conservation, pollution and control, ecosystems and water issues. You will also acquire laboratory and practical analytical skills, as well as develop your numeracy and scientific writing skills and IT. In addition to these subjects, you will also have the opportunity to take part in field work, and choose a topic for an Independent Research Project.

This course will prepare you for Higher Education by increasing self confidence in your learning ability as well as developing the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in this field, then this course could be perfect for you. This course is a recognised qualification that universities accept as an entry route onto degree courses. With the skills and knowledge provided by this course, you can apply for a variety of scientific degree courses.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE1115-1C 04 Sep 2023 Central Brighton Two days per week (Days and times TBC) 36 weeks £3384.00 Apply

Entry requirements

You must have a GCSE grade 9-4 (A* - C) in English and Maths. 

You will be required to attend an interview with a member of the department.

Entry requirements

Course units

The full Access Diploma is worth 60 level three credits; 45 are graded credits and the remaining 15 must be achieved but are ungraded.


  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Pollution
  • Human population
  • Greenhouse Britain
  • Water
  • Scientific environmental skills
  • Foundation chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Maths for the natural sciences

Why the MET?

  • Access to quality teaching resources and rooms.
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment.
  • Library and computing facilities.
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support.
  • Cafes and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks.
  • A hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

What's next?

Access to HE courses are intended for learners who are looking to progress to university level study. With this qualification, you can go on to study a wide range of science-based courses at university level, including: 

  • Environmental science
  • Geography
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • A range of scientific degree courses

Progression and careers

There are many career progression routes from degrees in the environmental sciences including:

  • Environmental consultant 
  • Environmental education 
  • Engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Nature conservation 
  • Sustainability
  • Waste management
  • Water quality scientist
  • Horticulture
  • Town planner
  • Landscape architect

Course fees

Please note: the course fees for 2022 entry have not yet been confirmed and will be updated on the website once available.

Level 3 entitlement

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or above, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Course fees

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19+ studying on Access to HE courses. 

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Course costs

You may be eligible for free tuition or financial support.


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