Reasons to study this course
- You will acquire a deep scientific understanding of current issues such as global warming, extinction, alternative energies and resources
- You will learn to navigate environmentalist / anti-environmentalist propaganda and hard scientific evidence
- You will be exposed to current scientific development and opportunities
- You can combine with Geology, Geography and BTEC Applied Science
What you will need to study this course
- at least GCSE double science grade 5, Maths and English grade 5
- specific interest in both environmental and sustainability issues
- interest in taking part in both fieldwork and laboratory practical activities
What you will study
Year 1 – Ecology balances and sustainable interaction with human factors, natural physical processes and effects of human activity, research methodology leading to practical activities.
Year 2 – Energy resources, pollution, biological resources, sustainability principles and their applications.
Minimum of two days of practical fieldwork and 12 mandatory lab practicals.
How you will be assessed
Up to three, three-hour exams, 15% dedicated to practical assessment (to be confirmed).
An EPQ on a topic with an environmental theme.
Possibility of four-day residential fieldwork trip to Arran where your fieldwork will be supervised by specialist biologists. You will investigate the challenges to local environments posed by the sudden increase of population during holiday seasons. Visits to universities that off Environmental Science.
An environmental degree at one of 63 universities including Manchester, Liverpool, LJMU, Hope, Lancaster, UCLAN and Edge Hill. Also degrees in Geography, Geology, Climatology, other Earth Sciences, as well as Biology, Ecology and even Engineering.
Career paths include the Environmental Agency, land conservation, land management and many others.