Environmental Science

Environmental Science has never been more relevant. The over exploitation of our planets physical and biological resources is having a massive impact on the atmosphere, climate, water systems, land and wildlife. Those students who enjoy a multidisciplinary approach to learning and have a keen interest in the sustainability of our planet will enjoy this engaging and thought provoking subject. You will use a combination of case studies, field work and research to develop your key skills including numeracy, communication, team work and critical thinking.

  • Course Outline
    • Year 1

      • The Physical Environment
      • The Living Environment
      • Research Methods; including a 4 day compulsory residential field work course. Bursary students may be given assistance towards costs (approx. £350)

      Year 2

      • Energy Resources
      • Pollution
      • Biological Resources
      • Sustainability
      • Research Methods

      How is the course assessed?

      Two written examinations at the end of 2 years; each paper is 50% of the A Level. A combination of multiple choice and short answer questions, extended writing and essays.

      Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of the interconnections between topics.

  • Career opportunities and further study
    • This course provides an ideal base for employment, for example, ecology and wildlife conservation, land management, town planning, architecture, forestry, geology or climatology. Students could work for a charity like Greenpeace or work for a Wildlife Trust. There are also opportunities in environmental management, education or law.

      Alternatively students could use their A Level in Environmental Science as the stepping stone for Higher Education in a very wide variety of courses, including degrees in Geography, Geology, Marine Science, Climate Studies, planning and teaching or a degree in Environmental Science.

  • Trips and Events
    • This course requires a compulsory residential trip. For more information about this trip please see the Trips and Travel page

      Other trips may include Conservation workshops at Chester Zoo, Stockley Organic Farm, Manchester University Sustainability workshop and Manchester Waste Recycling Facility.

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Entry Requirements 2021

You can download provisional entry requirements for courses that start in 2021 below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

What our students say

I am now more aware of the world around us and the issues we face, I've been inspired to go and do something about it; hopefully I'll get to visit some cool places along the way too