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Environmental Studies A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Environmental Studies?
Environmental Studies involves the scientific study of human impact on planet Earth. The course provides the knowledge necessary to understand the basics of how the various systems of planet Earth function, how human activities affect the planet and what we can do to reduce our impact.

You will study a wide range of environmental issues to increase your understanding of how human activities cause environmental damage and the strategies that are available to reduce this. Both sides of the issues are discussed to enable you to form wellbalanced opinions which you can support with logical arguments and objective scientific evidence. If you have a good general knowledge and an interest in your place in the wider world, you should find this a rewarding subject to study. Each topic will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the biological, chemical and physical principles underlyingenvironmental science. A range of fieldtrips will be offered during the course, for example, visits to a zoo, water treatment works, a large local arable, dairy and livestock farm, conservation projects and practical work in freshwater ecology.

What will I study?

  • The Living Environment
  • The Physical Environment
  • Energy Resources & Environmental Pollution
  • Biological Resources & Sustainability

What can I study it with?
Environmental Studies combines well with most other subjects and is particularly useful alongside Biology, Chemistry, Geography and World Development.

Career opportunities
Knowledge of environmental techniques, conservation and sustainability is becoming increasingly important in most organisations. Environmental experts are needed in business, industry and government as well as estate management, land reclamation, countryside management and conservation. In addition, many universities also offer specialist Environmental Science, Conservation and Resource Management degree courses for which this subject will be ideal preparation.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade C in English Language, Grade B in Mathematics, Grade B in at least one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or Grades BB in Science and Additional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September