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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.

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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.

The environmental sector is an excellent choice for a career. Much investment is taking place here as we realise that we must build a sustainable future. There is a huge variety of interesting and exciting job options in the environmental sector. You will need to continue your studies to degree level to secure the best jobs, although there are opportunities below graduate level. The areas open to you include:

  • Climate change
  • Countryside and rural
  • Wildlife conservation and ecology
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmental campaigning
  • Environmental education
  • Farming, food and organics
  • Marine or ocean science
  • Pollution management
  • Recycling
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable transport

There is a wealth of opportunity to study environmental science or a related degree at University. You could choose straight environmental science, offered by many Universities, or you could choose a more specialised route related to the environment. Degrees in conservation, wildlife or ecology are very popular as are countryside, rural and agriculture. Increasingly, Universities are offering degrees in various aspects of sustainability, pollution and energy.

When choosing an environmental degree, you need to research exactly what modules are offered : there are so many possibilities that you need to make sure they offer the ones you are interested in!

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

International trip (optional): Italy bay of Naples.

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.

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Key Facts

Offered As

ASA Level

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No, the course is 100% exam.

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.

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

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.

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..

Progression and Career Opportunities

An estimated 595,000 more workers are needed in the Environment and Sustainability sector by 2020. Waste management salaries up to £65,000. Enviromental Consultant can earn between £22,000 to £60,000 and a Marine Engineer can earn between £24,000 to £55,000.

Career Opportunities:

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Manager
  • Marine Biologist
  • Recycling Officer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Waste Management Officer

Higher Education 75%

Employment/apprenticeships 20%