Level 2 TQUK Certificate in Understanding Environmental Sustainability (RQF)

Qualification Level 2 TQUK Certificate in Understanding Environmental Sustainability (RQF)
Subject Area Distance Learning and Online Courses
Attendance Remote/Online Learning
Age Group(s) Adults

Course Content

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

118 guided learning hours.

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
  • 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 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.

Course Outcomes

TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Environmental Sustainability (RQF)


Progress onto higher education.

Entry Requirements

Over 19 years of age.


Tutor marked and knowledge-based units.


Laptopor computer and internet connection.

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