Environmental Science A Level

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Full Time - September 2017

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6SAS034111

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Course introduction

  

Are you interested in finding out more about the impact of human activity on our planet? Perhaps you are interested in discovering ways in which environmental damage can be halted or even reversed.

If this sounds like you, then come and join with likeminded people by choosing A Level Environmental Studies.

As a student you will have the opportunity to gain insights and understanding of how geographical and biological components are interrelated in terms of the environment.

This scientific subject will lead you to both answers and more questions, and sits particularly well alongside subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Geology.

  

Why choose Brock for Environmental Science A Level?

At Brock we have taught Environmental Studies for many years and have developed a wide range of resources and expertise.

We have a dedicated laboratory for lessons and two specialist teachers who excel at delivering thorough exam preparation.

Importantly, the College is situated in the New Forest National Park near the Lymington River, which means there are lots of opportunities to conduct fieldwork locally.

In addition, you can participate in fieldtrips further afield to places including Kew Botanic Gardens.

Teaching & learning

Lessons are a mixture of whole class teaching, group work and independent research that will lead to you presenting your findings to the class. You will also learn through lab work, discussions and fieldtrips.

During your studies you will become more confident in kick sampling, microclimate analysis, and ecological sampling in grassland and woodland habitats.

Finally, you will use apps from NASA to examine how environmental monitoring data is collected using satellites.

Course structure

  • Choose a highly relevant interdisciplinary science option.
  • Study the physical environment by looking closely at energy resources and pollution issues.
  • Analyse contemporary environmental issues, systems thinking and sustainability.
  • Understand the living planet index and the impact of our use of resources.
  • Appreciate the importance of basing decisions on reliable data in order to guarantee evidence based analysis.
  • Gain important knowledge about how society makes decisions about environmental issues and how these contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C or grade 4 to include:

  • Maths grade C (4)
  • English language grade C (4)
  • Science core and additional C/B or separate sciences grade B in at least one

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What can I do with this qualification?

Your interest in the environment could take you along a number of career paths, including: ecology, wildlife conservation, environmental impact assessment, aquaculture, local government, town planning and transport design.

If you choose to progress into higher education you will have opportunities to enter new fields such as ecotoxicology, climatology, geobiology or marine biology. Popular universities for young environmental scientists include: Southampton, Portsmouth, Falmouth, Plymouth and East Anglia.

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  • 98.5%

    Overall A Level pass rate

    45%

    Of students gained A*-B grades

    75%

    Of students gained A*-C grades