AQA Environmental Science A Level

Learn about the living and physical environment and how they interact with each other.

This A Level is a part of the Ecology Pathway and is not advertised on its own.

 The aims and objectives of this course are to:  

  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills related to environmental issues and the sustainable use of resources
  • understand the importance of basing decisions on reliable data which allows evidence-based analysis of environmental issues
  • understand how society makes decisions about environmental issues and how these contribute to the success of the economy and society


Key topics include:

Global climate change, conservation efforts, and sustainability,

learning data analysis skills, how to develop arguments, and practical fieldwork skills.

You will learn:

  • how human activities interconnect with natural systems.
  • the scientific knowledge needed to understand these interconnections.
  • the changes in human activities needed to develop sustainable industries and lifestyles.

 Topics covered:

  • The living environment
  • The physical environment
  • Energy resources
  • Pollution
  • Biological resources
  • Sustainability
  • Research methods

Skills developed:

  • Using theories, models and ideas to develop scientific explanations of environmental processes
  • Using knowledge and understanding to pose questions, define scientific problems, present scientific arguments and scientific ideas related to the environment
  • Considering ethical issues in the treatment of humans, other organisms and the environment

On successful completion you will gain a qualification in Environmental Science and when completed with others, a qualification in Ecology.

University courses such as Ecology and Environmental Science, lead to many opportunities for careers in renewable energy and managing the environment.

The entry requirement for this course is five GCSEs at grade 4 or higher.

This course includes practical fieldwork.

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