Environmental Science



Environmental Science encourages students to fact find and explore the world around them. It focuses on Scientific skills in the laboratory and the field coupled with analysis of data; it covers theoretical and practical aspects of environmental science and requires problem-solving skills and the ability to apply information. 

This course has elements of Science, Conservation, Geography, and Food production/Agriculture within it. Exciting topics and content support you in the understanding of contemporary challenges facing the world today whilst providing a pathway to a fulfilling career in a growth sector.

This course is an exciting opportunity to explore science in depth utilizing both theory and practical skills; this will be applied to the natural world all around us. If you are passionate about our planet, understanding how things work, and exploring the natural world around us through the eyes of science, this course is for you. This course will develop laboratory skills, critical thinking, core scientific knowledge, exam skills, presentation skills, and understanding of ecology and sustainability. 

This course has a range of progression routes available, including higher education and employment.

Course duration:

2 years.

Entry requirements:

4-5 GCSEs grades 9-4: including English, Maths, Sciences, Geography.

What students will learn:

Practical skills suitable for HE or the workplace Scientific knowledge Understanding of science-based careers Fieldwork practice and techniques including presentation of the data collected Best laboratory practice including use of equipment and health and safety

How students will learn:

  • Written and practical skills and techniques Cognitive, evaluative, and problem-solving skills, critical thinking
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring, and self-development
  • Making links between the real world and scientific theory
  • Self-directed study
  • Research techniques
  • Primary data collection
  • Analysis and presentation of field data
  • Safe and appropriate use of scientific equipment


Written exams, course work, laboratory work and fieldwork.

Enrichment opportunities: 

Local and overseas field trips; environmental projects.

Possible combinations:

Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Mathematics, Science, Protective Services.

Progression routes:

Higher education and career opportunities.

Potential university courses:

Geography and Science, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Natural Science.

Potential career paths:

Environmental Scientist, Hydrogeologist, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Tourism, Environmental Planning.

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