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Examination Board:  AQA

Course Leader: Mr Madelin

Entry Requirements:  A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language Grade 5, Maths Grade 5, Combined Science or separate sciences Grade 5 in at least one.

Course Content: This is a future-orientated, interdisciplinary science option. The course addresses a wide variety of students because the topics are relevant in all areas of life. Our world needs environmentally motivated scientists, engineers, architects, teachers, farmers, writers, artists, politicians etc.

Environmental Science can be combined with multiple subjects within the science, humanities, and media sectors because the knowledge and skills are transferable. Students gain a thorough understanding of the world in which we live and the risks and threats Earth faces.

The course provides interesting insight into how UK and international societies make decisions about environmental issues and how these contribute to the success of the economy and society. You will develop an understanding of different research methods, which will incorporate fieldwork and laboratory investigations. Students can take the A-level after just one year as it is a double course. Regular outdoor activities are organised to balance out the academic intensity.

Future Prospects: The green sector is in the top five globally for job growth. The A-level leads well to university courses in Environmental Science, Ecology, Microbiology, Law, Geography, and Conservation as well as many others. There are 63 universities offering 237 courses between them relating to Environmental Science and the number is growing.

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