Environmental Science covers a range of topics that are relevant to all aspects of our day to day lives and also very current in the media. Issues 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. In addition to this, many universities are now offering pure environmental science as a degree option due to increased national and global concerns over our planets health.
|Qualification name||GCE A Level in Environmental Science|
|Awarding organisation||AQA Education|
|Course type||Classroom based|
|Course start date||5th September 2022|
5 GCSE at grade 4 or above including English and Maths at grade 5 or above.
Lessons will be based around a range of investigations in order to encourage students to think about the cause and effect of events or acts that may have an environmental consequence.
The lessons will take place in a fully functional laboratory with access to a range of equipment and the computer suite for research. Students have the opportunity to work alone,in pairs and in small groups with opportunity to take part in practicals and outdoor research. It is anticipated that we will visit Bristol Zoo/ West Midlands Safari Park and contrast this with much smaller conservation schemes in and around the surrounding counties.
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.
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, many students may wish to make a sideways move towards, Oceanography, Conservation, Urban Planning and Agronomy. Additionally, some students may take up employment directly with employers such as the Environment Agency and a number of charitable groups working in hydrology, conservation and fair trade.