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Environmental Science A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

Environmental Science has never been more relevant. The over-exploitation of our planets physical and biological resources is having a massive impact on the atmosphere, climate, water systems, land and wildlife. Those students who enjoy a multidisciplinary approach to learning and have a keen interest in the sustainability of our planet will enjoy this engaging and thought-provoking subject. You will use a combination of case studies, field work and research to develop your key skills including numeracy, communication, team work and critical thinking.

Course content

Year 1

The Physical Environment
Energy Resources
Research Methods; including a 3 / 4-day residential field trip to North Wales

Year 2

The Physical Environment
Energy Resources
Research Methods; including a 3 / 4-day residential field trip to North Wales

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 


2 written examinations at the end of 2 years; each paper is 50% of the A level. A combination of multiple choice and short answer questions, extended writing and essays

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course on a study to show a deeper understanding of the interconnections between topics.

Future opportunities

Environmental Science provides an ideal base for employment, for example, ecology and wildlife conservation, land management, town planning, architecture, forestry, geology or climatology. Maybe you’d like to work for a charity like Greenpeace or work for a Wildlife Trust. What about environmental management, education or law?

Alternatively, you could use your A-Level in Environmental Science as the stepping stone for higher education in a very wide variety of courses, including degrees in geography, geology, marine science, climate studies, planning and teaching, or a degree in environmental science.

Further information

There are a number of trips to enhance your learning, including a COMPULSORY  3 / 4-day residential ecology field trip to Wales in year 1. Cost approx £230.

Other trips include Conservation workshops at Chester Zoo, Stockley Organic Farm, Manchester University Sustainability workshop and Manchester Waste Recycling Facility.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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