The Environmental Studies specification enables students to gain a deep and well-informed insight into the science of the environment and the various processes that control and affect it. The central theme is the development of an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate, how they influence subsequent environmental events, the human impacts on these events and cycles and the strategies both scientific and political that can be used to minimise the problems causes.
Key aspects within the specification include areas such as ‘Wildlife Conservation’, ‘Pollution’, ‘Global Climate Change’ and ‘Sustainability’.
2 modules externally assessed through written examinations-
Unit 1: The Living Environment conditions for life on earth, wildlife conservation and land resources), 40% of AS.
Unit 2: The Physical Environment (the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere), 60% of AS).
2 modules externally assessed through written examinations
Unit 3: Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution (energy and pollution), 50% of A2.
Unit 4: Biological Resources and Sustainability (human populations, food production and fishing, forestry and sustainability), 50% of A2).
Lessons will be a mixture of theory, ILT, laboratory based practical activities and field work. The emphasis of the course is on a scientific approach to the study of the environment. For those wishing to study just one Science, Environmental Studies is ideal as it is both broad based and challenging.
During your studies you will have the opportunity to develop your analytical and problem solving skills whilst improving your communication and debating skills through group work, research and class presentations.
Trips and events
There are a number of visits at both AS and A2 to enhance your learning, including a 3 day group activities residential field trip to Wales, cost approx £230.
Other trips include Chester Zoo, conservation workshops, Stockley Organic Farm, Manchester University Sustainability workshop, Manchester Waste Recycling Facility.
Career opportunities and further study
Your interest in the environment and ethical issues could take you along a number of career paths. For example, 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.