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IB Environmental; Systems & Societies Level 3 at LAT16 Wilmington Academy

Course description

ESS is firmly grounded in both a scientific exploration of environmental systems in their structure and function, and in the exploration of cultural, economic, ethical, political and social interactions of societies with the environment. As a result of studying this course, students will become equipped with the ability to recognize and evaluate the impact of our complex system of societies on the natural world. The course requires a systems approach to environmental understanding and promotes holistic thinking about environmental issues.

Teachers explicitly teach thinking and research skills such as comprehension, text analysis, knowledge transfer and use of primary sources. They encourage students to develop solutions at the personal, community, and global levels.


Course content


1. Foundations of environmental systems and societies

2. Ecosystems and ecology

3. Biodiversity and conservation

4. Water and aquatic food production systems & societies

5. Soil and terrestrial food production systems & societies

6. Atmospheric systems and societies

7. Climate change and energy production

8. Human systems and resource use

And a Practical Scheme of Work



Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English, Maths and Science.



External Assessment

Paper 1: Case Study (1 hr; 25%)

Paper 2: Short answers and structured essays (2 hrs, 50%)

Internal Assessment

Individual Investigation:  Individual written report of a research question designed and implemented individually: (25%)


Future opportunities

Environmental Science is a great choice of subject for those wishing to progress to careers in the STEM industries of engineering, food, energy, conservation and health. It also offers a wealth of opportunities in the non-STEM sectors of media, leisure and planning. Good SPAG skills would be an advantage for students considering this course.

Further information

Environmental Science is a new course. It encompasses the full spectrum of science through the study of our own environment. This course underpins all other science disciplines including Geography and Geology. Studying this course allows students who want to go on to University, the flexibility of taking a Level 3 in science alongside the study of other subjects such as Law, Engineering, Mathematics, Business Studies or Media as it develops academic skills in numeracy and problem solving plus communication, teamwork and critical thinking. 


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: 12 October 2018
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