LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 100% IN 2019
By doing this course you will gain a thorough scientific understanding of how planet earth functions. Much human activity has resulted in serious environmental problems. These range from air and water pollution to species extinction. You will study the technical solutions to these specific issues.
Some of the topics we cover include:
- Captive Breeding Programmes – using Paignton Zoo as a resource
- The Role of Oceans in Global Climatic Change – using the National Marine Aquarium as a resource
- Marine Conservation
- Fisheries and Forestry Management
- Farming Theory- utilising the College farm test plots
There is no coursework but fieldwork is an essential part of the course and the techniques are assessed with exams. We also carry out regular lab practicals.
This course can lead towards a huge range of career areas such as Marine Biology, Wildlife Conservation, Farming, Forestry, Pollution Monitoring and Renewable Energy Development. Jobs in the green sector are in the top 5 globally for job growth.
“I did all three earth sciences and they worked really well for my future degree in Environmental Science.”
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language or Literature. A minimum grade 5 in a GCSE Science and Mathematics. It is recommended you combine this course with another Science or Earth Science A Level such as Biology, Chemistry, Geography or Geology.
Yes, you can combine them and this is a very popular combination of subjects.
Do I need to be interested in the environment?
Yes, this is important and you will be expected to read around the subject following topical environmental stories and issues.