A-Level Environmental Science
Course Level – 3
Course Type – A-Level
Specific Entry Requirements
GCSE Double Science grade (5-5) or Triple Science (5-5-5)
Duration – 2 Years
Student Age – 16-18
About The Course
With climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainability taking centre stage in the news and world politics, this qualification in environmental science has never been more relevant. The course is suitable for students who enjoy taking a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and have a keen interest in the sustainability of our planet.
The biophysical environment, energy resources, pollution, circular economy and sustainability are explored in depth. Teaching will be focussed to provide maximum opportunities to engage learning on real-life case studies, placing a strong emphasis on research methods.
Environmental science is a great accompaniment to A-levels in biology, physics, chemistry, geography and maths. There is a strong focus on supporting the development of key skills in communication, teamwork and critical thinking.
How Is The Course Taught?
The specification is divided into seven topics, each covering different key concepts in environmental science. A flexible approach is taken to teaching, utilising a variety of techniques and approaches to accommodate the different needs of learners.
Lessons take place in our well-equipped biology teaching laboratories. Fieldwork is an essential component of the course, for which ecological studies will take place in suitable habitats, in the first and second years. Visits to relevant institutions and sites of special scientific interest are planned to broaden and deepen contextual understanding.
The course is taught by highly qualified teachers with subject-specific expertise in environmental science, including research and publication.
How will I be Assessed?
Students will take two written examinations at the end of their course. Examinations will be a combination of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions. Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper appreciation of interconnections between topics.
What does it lead to?
Typically, students have progressed onto degrees in environmental science, biology, zoology, chemistry, biochemistry, marine and aquatic sciences, energy and sustainability studies.
A wide range of career opportunities are open to those who have studied environmental science, for example, environmental lawyers, environmental engineers, zoologists, conservation scientists, hydrologists, sustainability consultants, recycling officers, environmental education officers and teachers and researchers.
Because of growing global awareness and concern for environmental issues, the knowledge and understanding gained studying environmental science is relevant for those aspiring to careers in environmental investigation, campaigning and journalism. Salaries in this field range between £28,000 to £40,000 annually.