A-LEVEL Environmental Science


Environmental Science is a highly relevant science option, ideal for anyone concerned with environmental issues, systems thinking and sustainability. Students who enjoy a multidisciplinary approach to learning and have a keen interest in sustainability will find this subject engaging and thought-provoking. Scientific research is a fundamental part of Environmental Science; good research skills are needed for collecting representative data to formulate reliable conclusions. Students acquire a range of field work skills, scientific knowledge and understanding, developing the ability to work with others. Students also gain an appreciation of work in the environmental sector, allowing for progression into further education, employment, or training.

Subject requirements:

Minimum GCSE of 5/5 in Combined Science, plus 5 in English

Teacher to contact: Mrs D Chadwick
Science Area Coordinator - Dr M Gwyer 

Course Content

Two teachers teach the course to Year 12 and Year 13, with nine lessons per fortnight. Topics include:

  1. Biological environment
  2. Physical environment
  3. Energy resources
  4. Biological resources
  5. Pollution
  6. Sustainability 

Assessment Criteria

All topics are mandatory. Two three-hour external exams at the end of the two-year course. Year 12 The physical and biological environments are covered with an internal exam at the end of the first year. Students are also required to complete 2–4 days of field work throughout the year. Year 13. The remaining topics are covered in the second year.

Exam Board: AQA

Are you interested in:

  • The sustainability of our planet?
  • Investigating real-life case studies?
  • Learning more about climate change?
  • Researching the biological environment?
  • Undertaking field work?

Leading to a career in:

  • Zoology and Conservation
  • Hydrology
  • The Environment Agency
  • Environmental Design and Green Technology
  • Environmental Law
  • Science or Engineering

Click below to learn about the course from Environmental Science student, Dan.


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