What's On The Course?
The Environmental Science A-Level enables students to gain a well-informed insight into the environment, and the scientific processes that control and affect it. The key theme is the development of an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate, 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. Key aspects include areas such as 'Wildlife Conservation', 'Pollution', 'Global Climate Change' and 'Sustainability'.
This new course brings a scientific approach to the study of the environment, helping you to learn more about the management of the Earth's environmental resource. It's ideal for you if you want to understand the interactions between the environment and the organisms living within it and learn about social and ethical issues involved in the use of, and demand for, water and energy.
You'll also come to understand how conflicts of interest can arise between farmers, conservationists and consumers, and develop an understanding of relevant scientific methods through practical work and fieldwork. Modules covered during this A-Level:
- The living environment
- The physical environment
- Energy resources and environmental pollution
- Biological resources and sustainability.
The course requires some basic knowledge of chemistry, biology and physics and builds on this to give you a knowledge base from which to discuss key environmental issues. You will carry out practical investigations in a range of environmental systems, both in the laboratory and in the natural environment, and learn how to analyse data using simple statistical tests.
Please note that progression to the A2 level of this subject will depend upon there being a viable class size.
Who Is It Suitable For?
Students who have an interest in scientific areas such as conservation, sustainability, resources and the environment as a whole.
What Are The Entry Requirements?
The Academic Advanced Programme (4AS-Levels) minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs (2Bs, 3Cs) including English Language/Literature and Maths.
The Advance Dual Programme (3 AS-Levels + 1 BTEC L3 Certificate) minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including a C in English Language/Literature and D in Maths (to be re-sat in your first year).
For Environmental Science you will need GCSE grade BB in Core and Additional Science or grade B in GCSE Biology.
What Other Subjects Can I Study With This Course?
Environmental Science would go well with other science and maths subjects, as well as Law, Economics and Government and Politics.
What Can I Do Next?
Progression to Higher Education or into a career in sectors such as conservation, pollution control, Environmental Health or the renewable energy industry.
What If I Need Support?
The College provides a range of learning support for students who would like extra help with their studies. If you need help in deciding what to study or information on travel, finance, childcare, personal or health concerns, contact the Information Centre
How Do I Apply?