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Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 4)

Course Overview

Diploma in Environmental Management

In an era where the importance of environmental preservation and awareness is near-universally acknowledged, the role of the environmental manager has never been more relevant.  The importance of natural resource management, ensuring compliance with constantly-changing environmental legislation and generally functioning in an eco-conscious manner represents an ongoing and fast-accelerating concern across all contemporary sectors.  Charged with the responsibility of assisting a business or organisation in meeting its environmental obligations, professional environmental managers are both highly-valued and sought-after across the private and public sector alike. 

This Diploma in Environmental Management, offers a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the subject’s most important core concepts, along with an in-depth exploration of contemporary environmental management issues. With no specific prior experience or knowledge required, course content begins with an introductionto global environmental issues, moving on to introduceurbanisation, agriculture, environmental planning and conservation. Candidates are also introduced to biodiversity, energy management and the importance of environmental risk management.

Upon completion, successful candidates are instilled with the extensive knowledge and insights required to begin or advance an existing career as an environmental management specialist, working for an established business within the private sector or a local/national public sector organisation. A variety of options for setting out as a private contractor also open up.

Course Benefits

  • Accredited Course
  • Full Tutor Support
  • Self paced, no fixed schedules
  • Available to students anywhere in the world
  • Interest Free Fee Instalments
Course Syllabus

Environmental Management Key Topics

Diploma in Environmental Management consists of following 07 units:

Unit 1 - What is Environment?

The opening course unit provides candidates with a broad introduction to the environment as a concept, introducing the ecosystem and its core components, discussing the manmade environment and exploring both the food web and the food chain.

Unit 2 - Global Environmental Issues

A series of key contemporary environmental issues are introduced and investigated in the second unit, which primarily focuses on the threat to biodiversity, global warming and the causes, effects and possible responses to climate change.

Unit 3 - Environmental Planning

The essential fundamentals and ultimate goals of environmental planning take precedence in Unit 3. Content incorporates the investigation of environmental management and evolution, the fundamentals and principles of sustainable development and the concept of sustainable environment.

Unit 4 - Environmental Management Systems

This unit introduces an array of core concepts in relation to environmental management systems, including important ISO standards, PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act), energy efficiency, the environmental audit, environmental accounting, impact assessment, effect measurement, environmental trade shifts and more.

Unit 5 - Environmental Law

This unit outlines the statutory regimes for the control of pollution. It also discusses the main legal requirements for the management of waste in detail. In this unit the students also explore main legal requirements for the management of water.

Unit 6 - Environmental Policy

Unit 6 discusses the key requirements for an environmental policy and Identifies the key considerations that should be taken into account when developing an environmental policy.

Unit 7 - Planning for Environmental Improvement

In this units the students learn about Identifying environmental impacts that arise from environmental aspects. They also learn about evaluating the significance of environmental aspects.


Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Installments: £560 (interest FREE Installments)

Deposit: £104

No of Installments: 12

Each Installment: £38

Pay in Full: (£100 Discount) £460


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievementfrom ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Brentwood open learning college has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood open learning college to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

Our highest-level environmental management qualification will prime you for a rewarding and fulfilling career in a field of unique importance. Positions in environmental management extend to public and private sectors alike, with typical positions including project manager, data analyst, researcher, social scientist, sustainability analyst, operations manager, PR manager, energy auditor and more, with salaries varying from around £20,000 to more than £40,000 with experience. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Anyone passionate about sustainability, conservation and ecology
  • Candidates looking to secure a higher-level position in EM
  • Creative candidates with an interest in science and environment
  • Anyone running or building their own ‘green’ enterprise
  • Ambitious candidates with strong analytical skills and logic
  • Candidates looking to enjoy a rewarding career and make a difference

Related Links:

Certificate in Environmental Management (Level 3)

Diploma in Travel and Tourism


Course Level
Level 4

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
260 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No Entry Requirements

Start Date

  • Our highest-level course in environmental management
  • Study environmental law and policy in-depth
  • Explore key environmental issues worldwide
  • Learn how to plan for environmental improvement
  • Develop strong data and performance analysis skills 

Customer Reviews

Total Reviews: (3)


I enjoyed all of the ten topics that made up the course (most of all, the final topic, i.e. Reviewing and Reporting Environmental Performance). Incidentally, I also enjoyed the fact I did not have to wait long for clear feedback about my assignment performance from my tutor (a big "Thumbs Up" to Ahsan Mehmood from me!).

#Peter Jacob Clare


I found the course very challenging but really enjoyed it. In particular, I liked the unit information you get for completing the said unit/s and the quick response you get when getting your results and feedback. I have completed a lot of courses and had to wait days for my feedback but with BOLC the longest I had to wait was 2 days and I appreciate that as there is nothing better than getting your results quickly after you have put so much hard work into answering the question my tutor was brilliant.

#Dr Andrew


The course was very interesting and I learned so much about the Environment that I had always taken for granted. The material was very informative and easy to follow and understand without any issue. Feedback from the college was also good and questions were answered. I had some free time at work so it was perfect to study intensely throughout the day. All 10 modules were very informative and I feel certainly more knowledgeable.


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