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Qualification: Environmental - A Level
Location: Canterbury College

Environmental - A Level

This subject is for those who have a real interest in contemporary environmental issues and have a good level of interest and skill in science.

Environmental Science connects the fields of biology, chemistry, geography, geology, physics, and law by covering aspects of climate, ecology, quarrying, mining, energy conservation, land management and wildlife conservation. Environmental Science is a broad discipline, and we ensure that you acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to appreciate the socio-economic issues related to environmental issues. Fieldwork and practical activities are an integral part of the course, and the Sixth Form College has an impressive Animal Science and Horticulture campus nearby where you will be able to conduct extensive field studies and practically apply your knowledge and skills.

COURSE CONTENT

You will study aspects of climate change, biodiversity and environmental management, pollution and control, population dynamics, ecosystems and urbanisation. You will also acquire laboratory and practical analytical skills and have frequent opportunities to practice and apply what you learn.

PROGRESSION ONTO YEAR 2

Progression to the second year of this A Level course will be dependent on having made satisfactory progress in the first year of the course, including achieving at least an E grade in a formal late spring assessment, as well as the maintenance of a good level of attendance and commitment throughout the year.

FINAL ASSESSMENT AT END OF YEAR 2

Two written exams on topics covered over the two-year programme. The first explores the physical environment, energy resources and pollution and the second paper explores the living environment, biological resources, sustainability and research methods.

MINIMUM ENTRY CRITERIA

For an A Level programme of study, we normally require students to have a range of at least five to seven GCSE passes at grade 4 or higher, ideally including English and Mathematics, but students must also satisfy the minimum entry criteria for A Level Environmental Science below.

Grade 5

GCSE Mathematics

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Grade 5

In either the 1st or 2nd grade GCSE Combined Science or a GCSE single subject science

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Grade 5

In at least one other predominantly written based GCSE subject (from subjects such as English Language, English Literature, History, Religious Studies or Sociology)

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER STUDYING A LEVEL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE?

This course is multi-disciplinary and would naturally allow progression on to a wide variety of higher education courses or employment opportunities. Environmental Sciences are a growing field and many universities offer courses in this area, including environmental management, environmental health, ecological science and marine biology.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students who study this programme should come with a passion for the conservation of life, the nurturing of ecosystems and an interest in the importance of energy resources in the development of society.

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Canterbury, Kent
CT1 3AJ

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