Environmental Science A Level
Examination Board: AQA
Who should take the course?
This qualification has been developed for candidates who wish build on your previous studies of science by widening their knowledge of the scientific investigation and practical techniques; working as an individual and in small groups on research projects. Taking this course will help develop the numeracy skills required in a scientific setting, find out about working in the science industry and examine perceptions of science in the wider community.
Students who enjoy a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and have a keen interest in the sustainability of our planet will find this course engaging and thought provoking.
The course includes nationally popular content that students find interesting and key topics include the bio-physical environment, energy resources, pollution, circular economy and sustainability. There are opportunities to include real life case studies throughout the course which make this contemporary qualification incredibly relevant to the modern world.
The new assessment structure is clear and straightforward and uses a mixture of question styles, so that students have the best opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.
The AS and A-level content are co-teachable which will aid student attainment. The AS exams include similar questions to those in the A-level, with less difficulty, allowing for future growth, achievement and a deepened understanding of the content.
This is a great accompaniment to A-levels in geography, biology, physics and maths. This A level serves as exceptional preparation for higher education and a number of careers due to the scientific skills it fosters in students including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and teamwork.
What is the course about?
The content of the Environmental Science A level has been designed to enhance skills such as critical thinking and those involved in field research. Environmental science is a holistic subject with many interconnected systems and processes. Students are taught in this course to verbalise how a change to one process can affect many other processes within the environment.
Students are taught how to analyse reliable evidence-based quantitative information to assess the cause and effect of environmental issues.
Students will develop an understanding of how human society relies upon natural systems for resources and life support systems and how understanding of these systems should be used to propose changes in society that would produce sustainable lifestyles.
Through visits to industrial or scientific, students will experience how skills and content taught un class can be applied to the workplace and impact the wider environment.
How is it assessed?
This A level is designed to be taken over two years. As a linear qualification students must sit two exams at the end of the course. Exams are assessed externally in May/June. The content assessed in the terminal exams is designed to allow students to;
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content developed in one section or topic, including the associated mathematical and practical skills and draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding within one answer.
Where will it take me?
An A level in environmental science equips you with the skills and knowledge for a range of jobs in areas such as conservation, sustainability, and environmental research and education. The course also provides progression into higher education courses such as, biological sciences, horticulture and landscape architecture.