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BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Sustainability for Business

There is increasing pressure for businesses and organisations to operate in a sustainable way; to utilise the Earth’s resources more efficiently, to reduce their carbon footprint, to not exploit the developing world and its peoples and recognise the value of its own employees.

This is a vocationally based course that has been designed with input from businesses that are working to promote the growth and development of environmental and sustainable practices. You will be taught by staff from within the Centre for Research in Sustainable Business.

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College C58


Course Length:

Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC – CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical / Cambridge Technical: DDM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit

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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes also offer our students the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was extremely beneficial.

Types of placement

Students find placements in all areas of business, some recent examples:

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton
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Course content

You will explore a variety of practice-based topics across a full range of environmental management and business disciplines.  The first year of study focuses on providing the foundation to the rest of the degree through introducing you to the key subject areas, in parallel with allowing time to focus on your personal and team development skills. As you progress through the degree you will also have option modules that will let you specialise further in key areas.   In your final year of study you will undertake a management project. This allows you to research an area of particular interest. 

Year 1 of the programme introduces the relevance and rationale for sustainability and has a focus on resource efficiency, recognising this is a driver of sustainability in many businesses (sometimes in itself the impetus for the employment of a sustainability officer) and that most issues and opportunities are relevant across a wide range of business sectors. Year 1 also looks to instil the importance of communication, internally to gain management or employee buy-in for example, or externally to engage suppliers or demonstrate to customers a commitment to environmental responsibility.

Year 2 introduces the business of climate change, ensuring that organisations operate in a sustainable way. Environmental legislation is also introduced in Year 2, with focus on laws and regulations most relevant to businesses including Health and Safety.  In Year 2 an organisation’s external relationships are also considered, including the impact of supply chains and the potential for driving environmental and social improvement through sustainable sourcing. Environmental Management Systems are introduced as an approach for identifying and managing environmental issues and implementing resource efficiency and other initiatives

In Year 3, we consider the challenges associated with communicating and marketing and environmental agenda and developing an associated strategy for sustainability. This is further supported through the exploration of environmental management tools and techniques including audits.

Our facilities

You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are bang up-to-date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi; housed across three stunning Georgian mansions. All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’.

What's more you have lots of other facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more, oh and if that’s not quite enough for your needs we are just across the road from the beach - brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Where this can take you

The course has been designed to provide you with a very practical understanding of the issues associated with implementing and managing sustainable practices in business and other public sector and not-for-profit organisations. 

On completing the degree, you should be able to apply for a wide range of jobs associated with:

  • sustainable sourcing
  • auditing and supply chains
  • environmental project management
  • corporate social responsibility implementation and oversight
  • Health and Safety
  • environmental marketing and communications
  • green energy advisor
  • recycling coordinator  

You will also receive a good grounding in business management and could apply for more general management jobs perhaps with a company working in the low carbon and renewable sector.v

Indicative modules

Year One

Semester 1

Sustainability Matters (15 Credits)

Developing an Energy Efficient Organisation (15 Credits)

Management and Organisations (15 Credits)

Semester 2

Sustainable Enterprise Development (Regional Perspectives) (15 Credits)

Waste, Reuse, Renewal and Recycling (15 Credits)

Introduction to Marketing (15 Credits)

Semester 1 and 2 Working with Others and Developing Self (30 Credits)

Year Two

Semester 1

The Business of Climate Change (15 Credits)

Environmental Law and Regulation (15 Credits)

Project Management (15 Credits)

Option Choice Module (15 Credits)

Semester 2

Research Skills (15 Credits)

Sustainable Sourcing and Supply Chain Management (15 Credits) 

Environmental Management Systems (15 Credits) 

Option Choice Module (15 Credits)

Year Three

Semester 1

Environmental Education and Interpretation Management (15 Credits)

Strategic Green Marketing and Communications for Sustainable Businesses (15 Credits)

Semester 2

Management Project (45 Credits)

10 week work placement (30 Credits)

OR two of the following five (15 Credit) modules: 

Small Business Enterprise; Business Ethics; Building Management Systems; Mapping, GIS and Remote Sensing; The Professional Graduate

Teaching and assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 

  • We place a lot of emphasis on course work related activity and limit time based assessments where possible.

  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

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