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Environmental Studies at City of Norwich School

Course description

Unit 1: AS - The Living Environment

Reasons why the conservation of life on Earth is importantMethods which may be used to achieve effective conservationConservation in the UK, coral reefs, Antarctica and tropical rainforestsEcological relationships between organisms and their abiotic and biotic environmentLand use, resources and conflict between uses


Unit 2: AS - The Physical Environment

The structure and function of the atmosphereThe role of the water cycle in supporting life on earth and management of water resourcesHuman exploitation and management of physical resources to provide higher material living standardsUnsustainable natural resourcesBiogeochemical cycles and human impact


Unit 3: A2 - Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution

Current use of renewable and non-renewable energy resourcesFuture problems of energy supply and how these may be resolvedProperties of pollutants to explain why some materials or forms or energy cause environmental damageMinimising releases, treating effluents and managing the damage caused by pollutants


Unit 4: A2 - Biological Resources and Sustainability

Factors controlling human population growth in relation to the demands placed upon the planet’s resources and life-support systemsFood production and forestry systemsHow humans interact with their environment and the sustainability of human lifestyles


Where can Environmental Studies lead you?

You may wish to move onto a further qualification in environmental studies or a related area such as marine biology, ecology or geography. Alternatively you could specialise in one area such as environmental health, environmental monitoring or pollution control. Previous students have also used the course to supplement philosophy and ethics areas, as well as the natural links to other humanities based subjects such as human geography

Entry requirements

A minimum requirement of 3 x A*-B and 3 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 4 A’ levels. A minimum requirement of 5 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 3 A’ levels with directed time. A minimum requirement of a B grade in English Language or Mathematics GCSE for students who wish to study English Literature and Further Mathematics respectively. Other Level 2 qualifications are not accepted as GCSE equivalences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Norwich School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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