Environmental Science A Level


1. Qualification details

Qualification name GCE A Level in Environmental Science
Qualification level Level 3
Awarding organisation Assessment & Qualifications Alliance
Course type Part time
Course start date 07 September 2020
Price £1,000.00
Funding information Advanced Learner Loans available
Attendance pattern Daytime/working hours

2. Course description

Nothing is more contemporary than the issues of the environment. Problems such as plastic in the oceans, the energy mix debate, fracking and the population decline of over 60% of global mammal species are all covered in the study of Environmental Science. The consideration of ecological niches and the science behind changes in environments are the foundations of the course. Environmental Science combines well with a range of subjects, particularly Geography and Biology. It also covers some elements of chemistry and is the perfect subject for students looking to further their studies in the natural sciences. Furthermore, it also draws together the sciences with approaches and ideas from the arts and social sciences, offering an excellent option for students wanting to keep their subject choices broad. Finally, with the ubiquitous nature of environmental issues is increasingly apparent it would also suit students looking to move into environmental journalism or environmental law if paired with English or Media Studies. The relevance of environmental issues to all aspects of life makes their study an increasingly significant aspect of an effective career pathway. Environmental Science is ultimately a science qualification and the practical skills learnt in lessons are highly valued in the science field. It also contains enough natural science that it is accepted by universities for application into teaching in shortage subjects; sciences and geography. There are now over 150 courses at Degree level for Environmental Science itself; many of these at typical Russell Group Universities such as York and Durham. However, it would also suit students wishing to study Oceanography, Conservation, Urban Planning and Agronomy. Additionally, some students may take up employment directly with companies such as the Environment Agency and a number of charitable groups working in hydrology, conservation and fair trade.

3. Entry requirements

http://www.wsfc.ac.uk/courses/a-levels/environmental-science-a-level/ Essential requirements: grade 5 or above in Maths, English and a Science GCSE

4. Equipment required

No equipment required

5. Assessment method

Students will study the AQA exam board specification. Under the specification there is no coursework. But there are 12 compulsory practical experiments and 2 compulsory days in the field. Overall, at least 15% of the marks for A-level Environmental Science qualification will require the assessment of practical skills. Examinations are worth 100% of the qualification. There are 2 papers. Each paper is worth 50% of the qualification. Each paper is 3 hours long and is based around a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

6. Venue

Name Worcester Sixth Form College
Address Spetchley Road
Worcestershire
WR5 2LU
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Email enquiries@wsfc.ac.uk
Phone 01905 362600
Fax 01905 362633
Website http://www.wsfc.ac.uk

7. Other dates and venues

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