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Environmental Studies AS level and A Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

A Level Environmental Studies provides an ideal base for employment, a range of vocational qualifications and a wide variety of higher education courses, including degrees in areas related to the environment, geography, geology, science, climate, planning and teaching.

The Environmental Studies specification will enable you to gain a deep and well-informed insight into the environment and the scientific processes that control and affect it.

You will develop 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 that can be used to minimise the problems caused.

Course content

Key topics include

  • wildlife conservation
  • pollution
  • global climate change and sustainability.

You will carry out extensive practical work, both within the laboratory and, wherever possible, out in the environment.

Integral to each unit is the development and use of practical skills relevant to the study of the environment.

Assessment will include the planning and carrying out of investigations and the interpretation of data.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN

This subject requires

  • an average GCSE points score of 5.4 points
  • C or above in Maths
  • C or above in Biology or Chemistry or CC in Double Award Science (must be core and additional, not core/applied)


Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to.


Future opportunities

Successful completion of a two-year A Level course can lead to university, higher education or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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