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Environmental Science A Level

The Environmental Science A-Level course enables students to gain a deep and well-informed insight into the environment and the scientific processes that control and affect it.

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Course Title:Environmental Science A Level

Awarding Body:AQA

Average Duration:360 hrs

Course Support:24 months expert tutor support

Course Description

An Advanced Level in Environmental Science is a perfect qualification for those wishing to acquire knowledge and understanding of the subject to enable them to study at a higher level at university. It also provides a progression route for further training whilst in employment.

This specification is designed to:
- Develop an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate
- Draw on experiences of human impacts on environmental events and cycles, and the strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused
- Enable students to gain a deep and well-informed insight into the environment, and the scientific processes involved
- Prepare students for a very wide variety of higher education courses and be an ideal base for employment

How Science Works

An understanding of How Science Works is a requirement. How Science Works is an underpinning set of concepts and is the means whereby students come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world about us. Moreover, How Science Works recognises the contribution scientists have made to their own disciplines and to the wider world.

This course allows learners to earn UCAS points depending on the grade gained:

A* – 56
A – 48
B – 40
C – 32
D – 24
E – 16

Specification: AQA 7447

Course Info

Course Title:Environmental Science A Level

Awarding Body:AQA

Average Duration:360 hrs

Course Support:24 months expert tutor support

Previous Knowledge

This course builds from the knowledge gained in a range of GCSE science subjects, including GCSE Environmental Studies, although its study is not essential to undertake the A Level course. Some knowledge of biology or other GCSE Science subjects or Geography would be useful, so you may find the following books useful for revision.

AQA Science GCSE Science Students Book by Ann Fullick, Patrick Fullick, J Breithaupt, Lawrie Ryan (2006) Published by Nelson Thornes ISBN-10: 0748796347 ISBN-13: 978-0748796342
Understanding GCSE Geography: For AQA Specification A (Understanding GCSE Geography) by Ann Bowen and John Pallister (2006) Published by Heinemann Educational Publishers; 3Rev Ed edition ISBN-10: 0435351710 ISBN-13: 978-0435351717

Assessment

To achieve the full Environmental Science A Level you will be assessed across the 7 sections and practical assessment. All units will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

Paper 1:
Type: Written examination
Duration: 3 hours
Weighing: 50% of A Level
Total Marks: 120
Assessed: Any content from sections 2, 3, 4 and 7
Assessment format: A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Paper 2:
Type: Written examination
Duration: 3 hours
Weighing: 50% of A Level
Total Marks: 120
Assessed: Any content from sections 1, 5, 6 and 7
Assessment format: A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Please note: It is your responsibility to source and book your fieldwork and examinations.

Your practical skills will be assessed within the written exams only. Overall, at least 15% of the marks for A Level Environmental Science qualification will require the assessment of practical skills.

Awarding Organisation

AQA (The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) has a leading reputation for promoting education for the public benefit and draws on long experience of setting and marking public exams such as GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications. AQA is the largest of the three English exam boards, awarding 49% of full course GCSEs and 42% of A-levels nationally. In total, students take over 3.5 million exams with them each year.

Section 1: The Living Environment
- Conditions for life on Earth
- Conservation of biodiversity
- Life processes in the biosphere and conservation planning
- Opportunities for skills development and independent thinking

Section 2: The Physical Environment
- The hydrosphere
- Mineral resources
- Biogeochemical cycles

Section 3: Energy Resources
- The importance of energy supplies in the development of society
- The impact of the features of energy resources
- The sustainability of current energy resource exploitation
- Strategies to secure future energy supplies
- New energy conservation technologies

Section 4: Pollution
- The properties of pollutants
- Strategies to control pollutants
- Ionising radiation
- Noise
- Solid wastes
- Heavy metals
- Acid mine drainage
- Nutrient pollution
- Pesticides

Section 5: Biological Resources
- Agriculture
- Agroecosystems
- Sustainability of agriculture
- Aquatic food production systems
- Forest resources

Section 6: Sustainability
- Dynamic equilibria
- Energy
- Material cycles
- The circular economy

Section 7: Research Methods
- Scientific methodologies
- Sampling techniques
- Specialist techniques
- Fieldwork and laboratory activities
- Standard environmental techniques

- The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
- The course materials and support will be provided by our partner OSC
- You will get full tutor support via email
- You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors
- You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
- Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
- You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor.
- Our A Levels come with tutor support for 24 months.

You will have access to a tutor via our student portal who will mark your work and guide you through the course to help you be ready for your examinations. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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Course Description

An Advanced Level in Environmental Science is a perfect qualification for those wishing to acquire knowledge and understanding of the subject to enable them to study at a higher level at university. It also provides a progression route for further training whilst in employment.

This specification is designed to:
- Develop an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate
- Draw on experiences of human impacts on environmental events and cycles, and the strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused
- Enable students to gain a deep and well-informed insight into the environment, and the scientific processes involved
- Prepare students for a very wide variety of higher education courses and be an ideal base for employment

How Science Works

An understanding of How Science Works is a requirement. How Science Works is an underpinning set of concepts and is the means whereby students come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world about us. Moreover, How Science Works recognises the contribution scientists have made to their own disciplines and to the wider world.

This course allows learners to earn UCAS points depending on the grade gained:

A* – 56
A – 48
B – 40
C – 32
D – 24
E – 16

Specification: AQA 7447

Previous Knowledge

This course builds from the knowledge gained in a range of GCSE science subjects, including GCSE Environmental Studies, although its study is not essential to undertake the A Level course. Some knowledge of biology or other GCSE Science subjects or Geography would be useful, so you may find the following books useful for revision.

AQA Science GCSE Science Students Book by Ann Fullick, Patrick Fullick, J Breithaupt, Lawrie Ryan (2006) Published by Nelson Thornes ISBN-10: 0748796347 ISBN-13: 978-0748796342
Understanding GCSE Geography: For AQA Specification A (Understanding GCSE Geography) by Ann Bowen and John Pallister (2006) Published by Heinemann Educational Publishers; 3Rev Ed edition ISBN-10: 0435351710 ISBN-13: 978-0435351717

Assessment

To achieve the full Environmental Science A Level you will be assessed across the 7 sections and practical assessment. All units will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

Paper 1:
Type: Written examination
Duration: 3 hours
Weighing: 50% of A Level
Total Marks: 120
Assessed: Any content from sections 2, 3, 4 and 7
Assessment format: A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Paper 2:
Type: Written examination
Duration: 3 hours
Weighing: 50% of A Level
Total Marks: 120
Assessed: Any content from sections 1, 5, 6 and 7
Assessment format: A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Please note: It is your responsibility to source and book your fieldwork and examinations.

Your practical skills will be assessed within the written exams only. Overall, at least 15% of the marks for A Level Environmental Science qualification will require the assessment of practical skills.

- The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
- The course materials and support will be provided by our partner OSC
- You will get full tutor support via email
- You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors
- You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
- Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
- You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor.
- Our A Levels come with tutor support for 24 months.

You will have access to a tutor via our student portal who will mark your work and guide you through the course to help you be ready for your examinations. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

Section 1: The Living Environment
- Conditions for life on Earth
- Conservation of biodiversity
- Life processes in the biosphere and conservation planning
- Opportunities for skills development and independent thinking

Section 2: The Physical Environment
- The hydrosphere
- Mineral resources
- Biogeochemical cycles

Section 3: Energy Resources
- The importance of energy supplies in the development of society
- The impact of the features of energy resources
- The sustainability of current energy resource exploitation
- Strategies to secure future energy supplies
- New energy conservation technologies

Section 4: Pollution
- The properties of pollutants
- Strategies to control pollutants
- Ionising radiation
- Noise
- Solid wastes
- Heavy metals
- Acid mine drainage
- Nutrient pollution
- Pesticides

Section 5: Biological Resources
- Agriculture
- Agroecosystems
- Sustainability of agriculture
- Aquatic food production systems
- Forest resources

Section 6: Sustainability
- Dynamic equilibria
- Energy
- Material cycles
- The circular economy

Section 7: Research Methods
- Scientific methodologies
- Sampling techniques
- Specialist techniques
- Fieldwork and laboratory activities
- Standard environmental techniques

Awarding Organisation

AQA (The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) has a leading reputation for promoting education for the public benefit and draws on long experience of setting and marking public exams such as GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications. AQA is the largest of the three English exam boards, awarding 49% of full course GCSEs and 42% of A-levels nationally. In total, students take over 3.5 million exams with them each year.

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