Environmental Science

Level 3

Qualification A Level

Duration 2 years

What will I study?

Module 1 The Physical Environment; you will study the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, mineral resources, biogeochemical cycles and soils.

Module 2 The Living Environment; you will study, conditions for life on Earth and the conservation of biodiversity followed by life processes in the biosphere and conservation planning.

Module 3 Energy Resources covers the importance of energy supplies in the development of society and the impact of the features of energy resources on their use. The sustainability of current energy resource exploitation and strategies to secure future energy supplies.

Module 7 Research Methods covers scientific methodologies and sampling techniques.

 

In your second year you will study:

Module 4 Pollution, you will study the properties of pollutants and their severity, and how they are controlled.

Module 5 Biological Resources, Agriculture and Aquatic food production systems.

Module 6 Sustainability covers dynamic equilibria, and material cycles.

Module 7 Research Methods covers scientific methodologies and sampling techniques.

 

Study Visits

Field work in the college grounds and day trips and it could include possible trips to a Zoo or Wildlife Park, woodlands/coastal zones and even a power station or sewage works.

 

Cost

No more than £20.

 

Assessment

All your exams will be at the end of year 2.

Paper 1 – Covering; The Physical Environment, Energy Resources, Pollution and Research methods.

120 Marks – 3 hour written paper – 50% of A level

Paper 2 – Covering; The Living Environment, Biological Resources, Sustainability and Research methods.

120 Marks – 3 hour written paper – 50% of A level

 

Entry Criteria

GCSE Science 4,4. Grade 5 in Maths.

 

Useful Supporting Courses

Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Geography.

 

Careers:

Environmental scientist, geologist, and a range of other science related careers