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Environmental Science

Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
2 x Grade 6 GCSE in any of the Sciences and a Grade 6 in Mathematics is recommended

Course Content

  1. The living environment
  2. The physical environment
  3. Energy resources
  4. Pollution
  5. Biological resources
  6. Sustainability
  7. Research methods


At the end of each subject content section, there are details of opportunities for students to develop scientific skills within the context of that topic.

These include:

  • skills related to the methodologies and sampling techniques that students must gain through first-hand experience,
  • skills related to research methods that can be gained through class-based and/or practical activities.

Style Of Assessment

This is a linear course, with all exams sat at the end of two years of study.

Paper 1:

  • Topics 1, 2, 3 and 7
  • 3 hours duration (120 marks)

Paper 2:

  • Topics 4, 5, 6 and 7
  • 3 hours duration (120 marks)

Whose kind of course?

This course will appeal to students who are passionate about the world we live in and want to develop a greater appreciation of the different areas of environmental science and how these link together. It shares many common themes with Biology and Geography such as climate change and global warming, food security, water resources, conservation, and pollution.

Environmental science helps to develop understanding of the scientific methods used to investigate the environment and helps to further maths and data processing skills.

Environmental science also helps students to understand how society makes decisions around environmental issues and how these contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Career Prospects

Many students who study environmental science A Level go on to study degree courses such as environmental science, geology, countryside conservation, oceanography, and ecology.

This can lead to many wide-ranging careers such as working for the Environment Agency, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, charities, energy companies and water treatment companies.