A-level Environmental Science

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

AQA Environmental Science is aimed at those students who enjoy a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and have a keen interest in the sustainability of our planet.  Little has changed from the previous Environmental Studies with a continuation of the popular based content of the biophysical environment, energy resources, pollution, circular economy and sustainability; all of which are embellished by a selection of relevant case studies leading to a modern day extremely relevant qualification.  In terms of scale you will be exploring the factors impacting upon the planet as a whole right down to exploring the invertebrates gathered during fieldwork to Bodmin Moor and placed in a viewing tray.


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Ideal if:

This is a great accompaniment to A Levels in Geography, Biology, Physics, Maths and Geology as well as developing key skills in communication, teamwork and critical thinking.  An interest in the environment, plants and animals in general is a great starting point for this subject and by studying Environmental Science it will add academic kudos to that informal knowledge and understanding.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and Mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7 in Geography and/or in the Sciences.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:
- The Living Environment – conditions for life on Earth, conservation of biodiversity with a specific focus on tropical rainforests, coral reefs and Antarctica, life processes in the biosphere and conservation planning.
- The physical Environment – the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, mineral resources, biochemical cycles, soils.
- Energy Resources
- Pollution
- Biological Resources – agriculture, forests and aquatic food production systems.
- Sustainability – dynamic equilibria, energy, material cycles and the circular economy.
- Research Methods
Fieldwork - We will be carrying out a variety of local based fieldwork to put into practice sampling skills, field data gathering techniques, applying classroom knowledge to reality in the field as well as collecting soil samples for testing back in the laboratory.


Teaching in a well-resourced room along with practical work in the field and laboratory scenarios, small group sizes, outstanding staff (qualified to a HE standard) and close tutorial support.

You’ll love:

The fieldwork and CCG Newquay HE opportunities as well as gaining the skills to apply knowledge and understanding gained in the classroom to woodland and river field scenarios.

You’ll go on to:

This course prepares you for Higher Education, higher level apprenticeships or employment with careers in environmental health, conservation officers, research, voluntary wildlife based organisations such as the National Trust or local Wildlife Trust.


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A-level Environmental Science

Start Date

September 2017


St Austell


2 years

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