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. The subject draws on many study areas including geology, geography, biology and chemistry. The course is suitable for students who are keen to develop an in depth understanding of a range of current issues and find out more about the science behind them. Many practical fieldwork and data handling skills are integral to the course. In the AS year students study aspects of both the physical and living environment. This forms the basis for a more applied approach in the A2 year, when students consider the sustainable management of human use of the planet’s resources, environmental pollution and food supply.
Many of the students on this course also study Geography and other sciences particularly Biology and Chemistry. Environmental Studies students will be invited to participate in the popular bi-annual Earth Science “Experience” Trip along with the Geography students. These usually involve travel abroad – recent locations have been Iceland, Italy and Kenya. Cost for this trip is within the range of £600-£1000.
Students who are successful at AS level may wish to complete an additional year to achieve the A level qualification from which higher study perhaps at degree level in this or a related area is a possibility. Employment possibilities include work in all aspects of the Environment: Land and Estate management, Forestry and Agriculture,. Working for Government agencies such as The Environment Agency, DEFRA and local government are also possibilities.