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Environmental Science is a very topical, inter-disciplinary A level subject combining aspects of Biology, Geology, and Geography. You will study the science behind a range of issues including conservation in the UK and abroad, managing water and mineral resources, energy supplies, global warming, pollution, waste management, farming and food supplies. Ultimately the course provides overview of the issues arising as a result of a growing and developing population.

It’s ideal for anyone interested in contemporary environmental issues, systems thinking and sustainability.

Pictured - Trip to Iceland (Autumn 2014)



  • Two 3 hour exams (50% each)
  • A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

If the AS is taken

  • One 3-hour exam
  • A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

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

Entry Requirements

At least a Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a Grade 5 or higher in GCSE Maths. Grade C or above in GCSE Geography is desirable.


  • The living environment
  • The physical environment
  • Energy resources
  • Environmental pollution
  • Biological resources
  • Sustainability
  • Research methods


Many students who study Environmental Science, continue this subject at university. An A Level in Environmental Studies opens up a variety of career choices from Teaching to Tourism, or Military to Marketing, this subject helps develop skills of analysis, team work and lab work.

The majority of companies have environmental targets/goals and NEED environmental scientists to help meet these.

The world is becoming increasingly green.

The map here shows just how far a career in Earth Sciences can take you. Look at all the destinations our former students have traveled to.

Course Information


A level

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