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Qualification name GCE A Level in Environmental Science
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation AQA Education
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2023
Cost £0.00
Attendance pattern Daytime

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A multi-disciplinary approach to learning about the threats, management and sustainability of our planet. New for 2023, Environmental Science is an exciting and hugely relevant course that provides a detailed picture of our planet and our relationship with it: the living and physical environment, its biological and natural resources, and how these are interconnected. The topics investigate how human activity has both positive and negative impacts on the environment and how this can be managed sustainably. Students will apply scientific principles and research methods to investigate various aspects of the course. The course provides an opportunity to develop skills in analysis and critical thinking applied to up-to-date resources and data to evaluate decision and policy-making processes that may impact the future sustainability of our planet. This is a new course at Hills Road starting in 2023. We are currently working hard to put together some exciting opportunities for Environmental Science students to learn more about the world around us; this will include talks from expert speakers, and trips and opportunities to see environmental and social policy impacts in action both here and in Europe.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

You need to be qualified by both the relevant admissions score AND for the subjects you are applying for: The indicative Minimum entry admissions score for ​Environmental Science is 58. Calculate your admissions score at, Read more by visiting: Subjects and grades required: ​ Option a: GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics and one Science. Option b: GCSE grade 6 in Geography and grade 6 in Mathematics or one Science.

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The course provides a multi-disciplinary approach to learning based on the key scientific principles of the subject. The following topics are included: The living environment: life on Earth, life processes, biodiversity and conservation. The physical environment: the atmosphere and hydrosphere, mineral resources and biochemical cycles. Energy resources: their impact, importance, future and sustainability, energy security. Pollution: pollutants and strategies for control and management. Biological resources; agricultural, aquatic and forests. Sustainability: in energy and materials cycles. Research methods: scientific methodologies and practical applications.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

Two written exam paper (3 hours, 120 marks each). A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Students wishing to study this subject at degree level may also consider the following: zoology, marine biology, biotechnology, animal science, sustainable civil engineering, journalism and urban landscape design. Environmental experts are needed in business, industry and government as well as estate management, land reclamation, countryside management and conservation.

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