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Duration (approx) 2500 hours
Qualification Advanced Diploma

Environmental Problems are more of a threat to our future than ever!

We all see it in the media; and it only stands to reason that environmental management will be a major growth industry for many decades into the future.

You can't learn too much to prepare for career or business opportunities in this area; and this course provides a very substantial foundation for just that!

  • Learn from tutors with decades of experience; highly qualified and currently involved in the industry!
  • An excellent qualification in this growth industry.
  • Learn the theory behind environmental studies.
  • Increase your prospects

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Learn about the Environment and Develop your skills with this diploma level course


This flexible and unique course offers you the best of our environmental courses and the practicability of business, photography and research.

This is an exciting qualification for anyone working in the field, wishing to work with the environment or just for interest.
Study with great flexibility by offering 6 core modules and a diverse range of 30 electives of which students get to select 19. Electives include Marine Studies, Nature Park Management I and II, Earth Science, Digital Photography, Plant Ecology, Soil Management, Vertebrate Zoology, Reafforestation (Land care), Conservation and Environmental Management, Weed Control, Wildlife Management and many more.




Core Modules

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification -Advanced Diploma in Environmental Studies.

Environmental Studies

Introduction To Ecology BEN101


Industry Project BIP000


Research Project I BGN102


Research Project II BGN201


Research Project III BGN202


Elective Modules

In addition to the core modules, students study any 19 of the following modules.


Geology BSC115




Plant Taxonomy BHT334


Business Operations VBS006


Business Studies BBS101


Financial (Money) Management BBS104 

Marine Studies I BEN103

Nature Park Management I BEN120

Forage Management BAG226

Ornithology BEN102

Soil Management - Horticulture BHT105

Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103

Vertebrate Zoology BEN104

Conservation & Environmental Management BEN201

Digital Photography (Short Course) BPH202

 Earth Science BEN204

Environmental Waste Management BEN202

Marine Studies II BEN203

Nature Park Management II BEN204

Project Management BBS201

Trees For Rehabilitation (Landcare Reafforestation) BHT205

Nature Park Management I

Weed Control BHT209

Wildlife Management BEN205

Business Planning BBS302

Environmental Assessment BEN301

Plant Ecology BSC302

Soil Management - Crops BHT303

Water Conservation and Management BEN302

Wildlife Conservation

Botany I

Ecotour Management

Alternative Energy


Note that each module in the Qualification -Advanced Diploma in Environmental Studies is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Getting an Environmental Job

People are increasingly more environmentally aware and job opportunities are expanding rapidly in this and related industries.

Despite this fact, many graduates from environmental courses can find it difficult to obtain employment. Often this may be attributed to the type of course they have undertaken, or the level at which they have studied. Many environmental courses also begin with general study and finish off with study in a specific and narrow field. This is important if you are to become an expert in a specialised field, but it can mean that your job opportunities become limited due to high competition between applicants for a limited number of available positions.

What is Different about Studying with ACS?

This is what one of our students said:

"The main difference between my experience of studying at University and studying with ACS is that at University you're basically regurgitating text books. In contrast ACS assignments can be quite involved requiring hands-on application of principles, creative thinking and analysis." Dennis - Certificate graduate, who previously completed a university degree.

Increase Your Prospects

You can increase your chances of gaining employment.  Studying should not only develop your intelligence and knowledge; but also:
  • Build networking (develop contacts within an industry)
  • Improve your ability to communicate with colleagues
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Expand awareness and develop creativity
  • Develop attributes that set you apart from others in your industry
  • Motivate you, build confidence, and more

According to some authorities, success is actually only affected about 20% by your knowledge and intelligence.

Our school works at helping you in a holistic way, to develop all of the things
mentioned above, in a way that relates to the discipline you are studying; and
in this way, giving you the capacity to apply yourself to unanticipated problems,
to understand new information as it emerges, to see and seize on new opportunities
as they reveal themselves, and to continue to grow your abilities within your discipline
as you progress through life after study.

In a world that is changing faster all the time; it is difficult to even be certain how this industry
might change between the start of your course, and the time you finish studying.
With this in mind; any course that is to have long term value in today's world, must develop
broad generic skills (as above). This approach to education is not unique to ACS, but it is
an approach tested, proven and adopted in our courses; and an approach that is also used
by some of the most successful, cutting edge universities and colleges around the world.





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Meet some of our academics

Bob James (Environmental)Bob has a unique set of qualifications and experience having worked in applied biological and environmental sciences for more than 50 years. He holds a string of tertiary qualifications in animal, plant and environmental sciences; including a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. He has worked as a tutor with ACS since 1995. Bob has worked as a teacher, research scientist and consultant for both government and private enterprise undertaking jobs ranging from environmental surveys to waste disposal.
Dr Robert Browne (Environmental)Robert has an outstanding international reputation in Conservation, Environmental Management and Animal Science, having extensive experience across Europe, Australia, North America and central America. He has decades of experience working across subjects ranging from biodiversity and Wetland Ecology to Reptile Ecology and Animal Breeding. Zoologist, Environmental. He holds a B.Sc.(Hons) from the University of Tasmania and a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle. In recent years he has worked with Ghent University in the Netherlands, Antwerp University in Belgium, Perth Zoo in Australia and on a major sustainability project in Belize. Robert is a widely published research scientist and a referee for more than a dozen internationally renowned scientific journals. Robert brings a very comprehensive a unique experience to the school and provides our students an opportunity to learn from one of the worlds leading environmental and wildlife scientists.
John MasonWriter, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.

Check out our eBooks

BirdsIdeal for Ornithology students or the budding bird enthusiast, this ebook offers an ideal foundation on birds. Learn to identify birds from around the world with over 130 colour photographs and 117 pages of fascinating bird facts.
Marine AnimalsWith colour photos splashed throughout, this Marine Animals e-book is designed to provide a guide for some of the more common animals found in marine ecosystems around the world. Learn about the creatures hidden by the other 70% of the earth's surface. Explore more...
Professional Practice for ConsultantsExplore becoming a consultant. This ebook contains chapters on how to be a consultant, packaging your services, delivering the services, building your resources, finding the work and getting the job, planning and ethics.
ManagementManagement is the process of planning, organising, leading, and controlling an organisation’s human and other resources to achieve business goals. More importantly though, effective management needs to be a process of human interaction and compassion. Most bad managers don’t know they are bad. They may well admit that they are a bit erratic, or they are sometimes late to appointments, but it is rare that they will recognise that they are ineffective as managers. Never here. This book has something to offer even the best of managers.