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Environmental Systems and Societies at Hugh Christie School

Course description

Through studying environmental systems and societies (ES&S) students will be provided with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face. 

The teaching approach is such that students are allowed to evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues.

Course content

Topic 1: Foundations of environmental systems and societies

Topic 2: Ecosystems and ecology

Topic 3: Biodiversity and conservation

Topic 4: Water and aquatic food production systems and society

Topic 5: Soil systems and terrestrial food production systems and society

Topic 6: Atmospheric systems and society

Topic 7: Climate change and energy production

Topic 8: Human systems and resource use 

Entry requirements

Students must achieve a C grade in GCSE Science or GCSE Geography.


Students are assessed both externally and internally

External assessment consists of two written papers and provides opportunities for students to demonstrate an understanding through the application, use, synthesis, analysis and evaluation of environmental issues, information, concepts, methods, techniques and explanations.

Internal assessment accounts for 20% of the final assessment and is comprised of a series of practical and fieldwork activities. This assessment component enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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