Environmental Science A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

Environmental Science applies scientific principles to help us understand and manage the Earth and the natural environment. Our planet is currently undertaking rapid change which threatens all life on Earth, as we know it. In order for us to influence the current environmental trends, whether that be climate change or ecological extinctions, we first must understand Earth systems and cycles. You will develop an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment are associated, how they influence subsequent environmental events, the human impacts on these events and cycles, and the strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused. Some of the key aspects include Wildlife Conservation, Global Climate Change and Sustainability.

Environmental Science is a fascinating and growing subject, in which you will have the opportunity to study areas such as: The Living Environment (Conservation of Biodiversity, Life Processes in the Biosphere and Conservation Planning), The Physical Environment (The Atmosphere, The Hydrosphere, Mineral Resources, Biogeochemical Cycles and Soils), Energy Resources, Pollution, Biological Resources (Agriculture, Aquatic Food Production and Forest Resources), Sustainability and Research Methods. All of the topic areas are interlinked and allow you to develop the building blocks which will provide you with the opportunity to resolve the pressing environmental issues of today and the future.

By developing an understanding of different research methods, which will incorporate fieldwork and laboratory investigations, you will gain an understanding of how the principles of scientific methodology can be used to investigate a wide range of environmental situations and techniques.

The knowledge and skills you will gain in this subject are highly transferable which makes this subject the perfect combination with multiple subjects within the science, humanities, and media sectors.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through examinations.

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 including Double Science, Maths and English.

Retaking GCSE English as part of your programme is required if you do not have Grade 4.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Applied Science HNC/D and Teaching. A degree in a related subject could be an option, including Environmental Science, Ecology, Oceanography, Environmental Engineering and Climatology.

Additional information

Environmental Science A Level combines well with Geology, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. Depending on your potential career pathways, the subject would equally combine well with Business, Economics, Politics, Law, Film Studies, Media Studies and English.

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Local Government, DEFRA, Forestry, The Environment Agency, Highways, Waterways or Conservation Agencies, Geopolitics, Environmental Law, Environmental Broadcasting and Environmental Journalism.


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