AS/A2 Environmental Studies (level 3)Course ref. QW051
This course is designed to enable you to:
Gain essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works
Is it for me?
The course suits those who have a genuine interest in the environment, who enjoy finding out their own answers and who are interested in global issues.
Assessment is mainly exam based.
The Living Environment
This involves an introduction to the biodiversity of life on planet Earth. The reasons why the conservation of life on Earth is important are investigated, as are the methods which may be used to achieve effective conservation.
The Physical Environment
This unit will develop your knowledge of physical resources such as atmospheric gases, water and mineral nutrients and encourage you to consider how essential these are for life on Earth.
Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution
Study future problems of energy supply and how these may be resolved. The properties of pollutants are considered to explain why some materials or forms of energy cause environmental damage.
Biological Resources and Sustainability
You will examine the factors controlling human population growth and the demands placed upon the planet’s resources and life-support systems. You will also look at food production. Forestry systems are analysed and systems to address these environmental problems are considered with an emphasis on sustainability.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including Maths, English Language and Science/Biology.
Which courses go well with this?
This course combines well with all subjects.
Your interest in the environment and ethical issues could take you along a number of career paths, e.g. Ecology and Wildlife Conservation, Geography, Geology or Climatology. Maybe you’d like to work for a charity, teach, enter politics, or use your A Level in Environmental Studies as the stepping stone for higher education or a degree in Environmental Science.