Level 1
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
30 hours

Assessment Guidance

Portfolio of evidence


To equip learners with the skills to engage successfully in community action to improve the local environment.

Unit Learning Outcomes


Be able to select a focus for a community environment project.

  • Community could be, for example, school/college; street; village; sports club; social group.
  • Environmental improvement through making a change either locally, e.g. to air or water pollution; or contributing to national/global change such as tackling global warming, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, ozone layer depletion.
  • Learners can work individually or as a group on the same project; all projects must involve the learner and members of their community.
  • Focus should be chosen by the learner or learners, feasible, and need community involvement to be a success, but could be any of a wide range of possibilities, e.g. a tree-planting day, setting up a community garden/allotment, a vegan awareness event with free recipe booklet.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Select a specific focus for a project to help a community improve the environment. 


Be able to communicate the benefits of engaging in a community environment project. 

Benefits should be specific to the project but could include:

  • Benefits to the environment: greater range of biodiversity, reduced threat to the ozone layer; reduced dependence on unsustainable resources; reduced pollution.
  • Benefits to the community: better health resulting from cleaner air; nicer-looking spaces (e.g. without litter); more enjoyment of nature; opportunities for social interaction, increased wellbeing and for learning together through taking community action.

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1

    Describe to community members the benefits to the environment and to the community participating in the project.


Be able to plan a community environment project.

  • Project plan might be presented in a given template. Actions should be necessary for completion of project sequenced in a logical order and with realistic deadlines.
  • Actions will be specific to the project but could include further research; publicising the project; seeking necessary permissions; practical activities; sourcing necessary equipment or resources.

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1

    Create a project plan including actions and timeline.


Be able to participate in a community environment project.

  • Actions where they have individual or shared responsibility as set out in the project plan. 

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1

    Implement actions from the project plan, relevant to own role.

  • 4.2

    Support and encourage others to participate.


Be able to review a community environment project.

  • Project achievements – tasks completed; changes made; environmental improvements. 
  • Strengths and areas for development in terms of team-working, fulfilling own responsibilities, support and motivating others.
  • Next steps – ways of building on what was achieved in this project and/or how new projects could help achieve improvements in other areas.

Assessment Criteria

  • 5.1

    Describe what the project achieved.

  • 5.2

    Outline how well they worked with other community members.

  • 5.3

    Outline possible next steps for the community in terms of environmental improvements.