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Environmental Science AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

Environmental Science is for anyone interested in getting beyond the headlines about environmental issues and discovering the science behind the stories, what’s going wrong and how we are working to protect our environment. Today we face many challenging environmental problems with potentially disastrous consequences if these issues are not addressed. Environmental Science is an important area to study and the green sector is in the top 5 globally for job growth.

Course content

You will study the unique characteristics of planet earth that allow it to sustain life. You will study the atmosphere, the lithosphere (rocks and soil), the hydrosphere (the watery part) as well as the biosphere (the living part). You will also look at wildlife conservation, explore energy resources, environmental pollution and the management of biological resources.

Here are some of the topics we cover:

  • Captive breeding programmes using Paignton Zoo as a resource
  • The role of oceans in global climatic change using the National Marine Aquarium as a resource
  • Marine conservation
  • Fisheries and Forestry management
  • Farming theory utilising the college farm test plots

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language


There is no coursework but fieldwork is an essential part of the course and the techniques are assessed within exams.

Future opportunities

There is a wealth of opportunity in the environmental sector. There are many degree courses. Many companies are required to reduce their carbon footprint so consultants are in demand.

Potential careers include marine biology, farming, fishing, forestry, climate change research, conservation/ habitat management, pollution monitoring, waste management and the energy sector.

Further information

This subject is advisable as a combination with other science subjects such as Biology and/or other related earth sciences such as Geography and Geology

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.