Environmental Science A Level

Course Overview

If you have a keen interest in the sustainability of our planet this brand-new course may be for you! You will develop an understanding of how human society relies upon natural systems for resources and life support systems. Using your understanding of these systems you will propose changes in society that would produce sustainable lifestyles. With opportunities to analyse real life case studies, and take part in fieldwork, this contemporary qualification has never been more relevant. 


Scientific research is a fundamental part of Environmental Science. We place a strong emphasis on developing your Working Scientifically skills, and there are opportunities for skills development and independent thinking throughout the course. You will plan and carry out investigations into environmental issues and take part in 4 days of fieldwork, reaching conclusions based on reliable evidence-based information and quantitative data. . This course is a great accompaniment to A Levels in Geography, Biology, Physics and Maths and develops key skills including communication, teamwork and critical thinking.

Year 1 Modules

  • The Physical Environment
  • Energy Resources
  • Pollution
  • Research Methods

Year 2 Modules

  • The Living Environment
  • Biological Resources
  • Sustainability
  • Research Methods

 

Key Info 

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 5
  • Grade 6 in GCSE Maths
  • Grade 6 in GCSE English Language
  • Grade 6,6 in GCSE Science

Assessment

  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: AQA

 

Why choose this course? 

Scientific research is a fundamental part of Environmental Science and good research skills are needed to collect representative data so that reliable conclusions can be formulated.

You will plan activities to investigate environmental issues which they can carry out and will plan activities to investigate environmental issues in broader environmental contexts where first-hand experience would not be possible.

You will undertake fieldwork which meets the minimum requirement of 4 days of fieldwork for A Level.

You will enjoy this course if you have a genuine interest and ability in the subject, and a desire to achieve your very best.

Skills you'll gain

There are opportunities for skills development and independent thinking, working scientifically is a key theme throughout this course.

There are opportunities for students to develop scientific skills within the context of each topic. These include skills related to the methodologies and sampling techniques that students will gain through first-hand experience; and skills related to research methods that will be gained through class-based and/or practical activities.