1Course Overview

CIE Level 5 Diploma in Environmental Science

Course code: OLL321

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Are you interested in learning about the environment? Then this course will teach you all you need to know about environmental science, from home!

This course enables you to:

Understand how to use information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Environmental Science

  • Look at energy management and life processes
  • Study the conservation of resources
  • Understand the effect of pollution on the environment
  • Investigate how the ocean was formed
  • Explore the different types of extreme environments
  • Define botany and understand what it is
  • Explain the evolutionary processes
  • Understand how humans can effect plants, in terms of breeding
  • Explore how animals function and look into zoology
  • Discover what Taxonomy and Phylogeny is and how to name species
  • Learn about Insects, reptiles, fish and birds
  • Study mammals and their different functions

The course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. 

You will receive all of the course material through an online eLearning portal, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Develop your interest and knowledge by enrolling now and join the 60,000 students that have already done so.

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2Course Content
Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Environmental Science
  • Types of ICT skills
  • Research techniques
  • Portfolio skills
  • Self-reflection
  • Tools and strategies
  • 4 Principles of self-assessment
  • Reflective writing
Unit 2: Introduction to Environmental science
  • Research methods
  • Earth
  • Water and oxygen
  • Air
  • Hospitable temperature range
  • Endangered species
  • Hydrological cycle
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Conservation
Unit 3: Energy Management and Life Processes
  • Adaption
  • Range of Tolerance
  • Species diversity
  • Population Dynamics
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Atmosphere
  • Minerals
  • The element cycle
Unit 4: Conservation of Resources
  • Energy consumption
  • Industrialised
Unit 5: Pollution
  • Pollutants
  • Short—term
  • Long-term
  • Sources
  • Pathways
  • Sinks
  • Harmful emissions
  • Ionisation
Unit 6: Ocean Formation
  • Marine environment
  • Geological processes
  • Planetesimals
  • Supernova explosion
  • Volcanic activity
  • Stages of formation
  • Marine processes
Unit 7: Biological Evolution in the Oceans
  • Abundance
  • Essential elements
  • Fossils
  • Complex molecules
  • The surface of the Earth
  • Weather systems
  • Specialised bacteria
Unit 8: Extreme Environments
  • Coral reefs
  • Animals and plants
  • Grazers
  • Mangroves
  • Polar Regions
  • Sand
  • The continental shelves
Unit 9: Introduction to Botany
  • Plant life
  • Green organisms
  • World population
  • Human activity
  • Global warming
  • Preserving plants
Unit 10: Vegetative Anatomy
  • Roots
  • Stems
  • Leaves
  • Structures
  • Functions
  • Growth
Unit 11: Botanical Evolutionary Processes
  • Phenotype
  • Hormones
  • Mutation
  • Chromosomes
Unit 12: Human Interaction with Plants
  • Plant breeding
  • Selecting plants
  • Food security
  • Domestication of plants
  • Landraces
  • History
Unit 13: Introduction to Zoology
  • Diversity of life
  • How animals function
  • Modern evolutionary theory
  • Hereditary
  • Genes
Unit 14: Taxonomy and Phylogeny
  • Grouping animals
  • 3 goals
  • Binomial nomenclature
Unit 15: Insects, reptiles, fish and birds
  • Characteristics
  • Movement from water to land
  • Diverse lineage
  • Hesperornithiformes
Unit 16: Mammals
  • Class Mammalia
  • Domesticated numerous mammals
  • Medical research
3Other Information

You are required to create an ePortfolio. After each unit you will have to send your work by email to your tutor. This means you are assessed on 16 tutor marked assessments. You will also have to take part in self-assessment activities, do your own independent research and conduct your own reflective journal

Course Duration

You have 2 years to complete this course. The approximate learning time for each unit is 60 hours.

Study Method

This course will allow you to work at home or at work. All materials for the course will be received online. You will also get tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

Successful students will achieve a CIE Level 5 Diploma in Environmental Science.

This course is awarded by CIE. CIE (Centre for Interactive Education) is an innovative awarding organisation in the UK. Their courses are known to allow learners to study in an interactive and effective way and in a time-efficient manner without compromising the quality of learning.

This course is thoroughly checked to ensure the best practice of quality assurance.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

All students must be 17 years of age and above. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) before enrolling on this Level 5 qualification.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and  have 2 years to complete this course. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Online learning platform
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Accreditation
  • Dedicated student support
  • FREE CV writing service
How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work by email to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your CIE Level 5 Diploma in Environmental Science.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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