Environmental Science

This course is for anyone interested in getting beyond the headlines about environmental issues and discovering the science behind the stories. You will look at how our environment works and how we manage and conserve our vital resources. Themes include wildlife conservation, pollution issues, global warming and the future use of energy. Understanding the science behind many of the pressures facing our planet in the 21st Century equips students with valuable transferable skills that are in ever-growing demand. Many of our students choose to study Environmental Science/Sustainability related courses at university and/or pursue employment opportunities in this sector.

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Available As

A Level

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What will I study?

This course is for anyone interested in getting beyond the headlines about environmental issues and discovering the science behind the stories. You will look at how our environment works and how we manage and conserve our vital resources. Themes include wildlife conservation, pollution issues, global warming and the future use of energy.  Understanding the science behind many of the pressures facing our planet in the 21st Century equips students with valuable transferable skills that are in ever-growing demand.
Many of our students choose to study Environmental Science/Sustainability related courses at university and/or pursue employment opportunities in this sector.

How will I be assessed?

100% exam. There are two exams at the end of the linear year: each are 3 hours exams and worth 50% each.

The AS only exam is a single 3 hour exam worth 100% of the grade.

Are there any trips on this course?

Local trips: Cotswold Wildlife Park, Big Pit, Lechlade Trout Farm.

International trip (optional): Italy bay of Naples.

Are there any extra costs?

The costs of approx £30 for the two local trips which are compulsory.

If you choose to take the overseas trip there will also be costs involved with this.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

GCSE Grade 4 in Maths

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FAQs

Is there any coursework?

No, the course is 100% exam.

Do universities count Environmental Science as a Science?

Yes. If you are intending to take a science degree, it is often the case that two A-level sciences are required and Environmental Science is accepted.

What is Environmental Science similar to?

It has a great resemblance to many aspects of physical Geography as well as environmental Biology.

Theory vs Practical?

It is a misconception that Environmental Science will involve a vast amount of outdoors activity and fieldwork. Although there may be an allocated week of fieldwork to put the theory into practice, the course is largely theory based.

Do I need to have done Environmental Studies at GCSE?

No. The subject does exist at GCSE, but few schools offer it. The most relevant GCSEs are your sciences. Geography is helpful too, but not essential..