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AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Environmental Science

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Code En
Qualification Type Not Set
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time

Overview

Students who enjoy a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and have a keen interest in the sustainability of our planet will find this new specification engaging and thought provoking.  

Details

 The content is popular, key topics include the biophysical environment, energy resources, pollution, circular economy and sustainability. With opportunities to include real life case studies in the students’ learning, this contemporary qualification has never been more relevant. The new assessment structure is clear and straightforward, a mixture of question styles is used, so that students have the best opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

Students hoping to study A level Environmental Science must have a genuine interest in the subject and be willing to work hard. They should have demonstrated a good level of attainment and commitment to science

Our objective is to ensure that learning is enjoyable, and enhances students’ enthusiasm for their studies. The new specification, which will be adopted in September 2017, has been tailored to follow on from Additional Science GCSE and will develop students’ knowledge and understanding to provide a pathway to further study.

The program of study encompass these main areas:

The living environment: conservation of biodiversity, life processes in the Biosphere and conservation planning

The Physical environment: the atmosphere, The hydrosphere, mineral resources, Biogeochemical cycles, Soils

Research Methods: Scientific methodology, research skills, interpretation of data, presentation of data, sampling techniques.

Energy resources

Pollution

Biological resources: agriculture, aquatic food production systems

Sustainability: energy, material cycles, the circular economy

As well as this practical knowledge, Environmental science students develop many other skills prized by employers such as problem solving, numeracy, communication, creativity, data analysis and team work


How will it be delivered?

Paper 1

What's assessed

The physical environment 

Energy resources

Pollution

Research methods

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.

How it's assessed 

Written exam: 3 hours 

120 marks

50% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. 

Paper 2 

What's assessed

The living environment 

Biological resources

Sustainability

Research methods

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.

How it's assessed 

Written exam: 3 hours 

120 marks

50% of A-level

Questions

A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. 


Entry requirements

• Grade 6 in one GCSE Science

• Higher tier Maths grade 5 or study Core Maths


Your next steps...

A qualification in Environmental Science is a worthwhile choice for students who are particularly interested in studying Biology, Geography and who are considering a career in ecology, countryside management, wildlife conservation, marine biology and planning and also it is a valid entry qualification to a whole range of careers.

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