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Environmental Studies

Exam Board: AQA

As the saying goes “if you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem”. But by taking the Environmental Studies course you will definitely have an in-depth understanding of the fragile world we live in. This course involves the scientific study of how the environment supports us, how we threaten these support systems, and strategies for a more sustainable lifestyle. Environmental Studies doesn’t just help you understand ways in which we can save the also helps you to develop valuable skills that will help in any walk of life. Like how to collect, analyse and evaluate information in order to arrive at the big picture. The first year of Environmental Studies covers two main study topics: The Living Environment and The Physical Environment. The ‘living’ topic includes wildlife conservation, the conditions for life on Earth, and a study of land resources. Then the ‘physical’ topic introduces you to the three systems of our planet: the atmosphere, hydrosphere and the lithosphere. In the second year you’ll delve into environmental issues in more depth. The first part of the year is spent studying topics like energy resources and environmental pollution. The second part of the year looks at issues like the impact of mankind, food production systems and the important issue of sustainability.

Course outline AS Unit 1: The Living Environment

A2 Unit 3: Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution (1.5 hour examination: 25% of A-level)

• F  uture problems of energy supply and how these may be resolved • P  roperties of pollutants to explain why some materials or forms of energy cause environmental damage • Minimising  releases, treating effluents and managing the damage causes by pollutants.

A2 Unit 4: Biological Resources and Sustainability (2 hour examination: 25% of A-level)

• F  actors controlling human population growth in relation to the demands placed upon the planet’s resources and life-support systems • Food production and forestry systems

(1 hour examination: 40% of AS and 20% of A-level)

• Study of sustainability of human lifestyles.

• Reasons  why the conservation of life on Earth is important

Environmental Studies directly links with Biology, Geography and Chemistry. The subject also has links with Geology, Economics, Politics and Sociology.

• M  ethods which may be used to achieve effective conservation

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• C  onservation in the UK, coral reefs, Antarctica and tropical rainforests


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• E  cological relationships between organisms and their abiotic and biotic environment.

AS Unit 2: The Physical Environment

(1.5 hour examination: 60% of AS and 30% of A-level) • Atmospheric gases, water and mineral nutrients • Human  exploitation and management of physical resources to provide higher material living standards • Unsustainable natural resources.

Careers and Higher Education

There are a number of jobs available that are directly or indirectly related to Environmental Studies. The following website has up-to-date jobs available: . There are also many University courses linked directly to Environmental Studies, these include: Environmental Science, Geography, Geosciences, Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Management and Planning, Applied Bioscience etc. Also Environmental Studies in conjunction with other subjects can be used to access a wide range of courses in higher education. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web


Environmental Studies