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Environmental Studies A - AS Level at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College

Course description

Environmental issues have a major impact on all our lives. The central theme of the course is the development of an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate, how they influence subsequent environmental events, the human impact on these events and cycles, and the strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused.

Environmental Studies is suitable for students thinking of a career in Applied Sciences, working in the community or as a useful qualification that enhances UCAS applications. Students who have studied this subject successfully to A Level go on to a variety of courses in higher education. Some examples are degrees in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Geography or Conservation Management courses at Agricultural College. Material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue a wide range of careers in, for example, business, industry or town planning, as well as careers involved more directly in the environment.

Course content

The A Level comprises 4 examined units.
Key aspects include areas such as:

Wildlife conservation; Pollution; Global climate change; Environmental resources such as water, energy and food; Sustainability

AS Level - students gain a broad understanding of the environment and how it works
Unit 1 - 40% of total AS marks
Unit 2 - 60% of total AS marks

A Level - students gain a greater understanding of important environmental issues and to further develop their skills and understanding of 'how science works'

2 units of equal weighting - short answer questions, structured questions, comprehension and a choice of essay.

Students are expected to carry out appropriate investigative activities. Integral to each unit is the development and use of practical skills relevant to the study of the environment; these skills are assessed in all four units.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs, Grade A*-C, including a minimum of a grade C in Triple Science, Additional Science, Maths and English Language. It is not necessary for candidates to have studied GCSE Environmental Science. No prior learning or knowledge of Environmental Science is necessary. This course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills set out in the National Curriculum Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for GCSE Science & Additional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shooters Hill Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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