A Level Environmental Science Course
A Level Course in Science (AS/A2)
AS/A2 – A level in Environmental Science. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.
Specification: AQA (AS) 5441 and AQA (A2) 6441
COURSE FEES: £295
- Better understand the interactions between the environment and the organisms living within it.
- Learn about social and ethical issues involved in the use of, and demand for, water and energy.
- Understand how conflicts of interest can arise between farmers, conservationists and consumers.
- Develop an understanding of relevant scientific methods through practical work and fieldwork.
You will need the following book for this course:
- K Byrne, Environmental Science (Nelson Thornes, 2001 2nd edition)
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Unit 1: Energy, the Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
- The atmosphere
- Solar radiation and energy transfer
- The hydrological and carbon cycles
- The greenhouse effect and climate change
- Ultraviolet light and the ozone layer
- Global homeostasis and feedback
- The demand for water
- Obtaining and treating water
- Energy use
- Fossil fuels
- Nuclear power
- Geothermal, solar and wind power, and biofuels
- Power from water
- Global energy use
Unit 2: The Lithosphere
- Types of rock
- The rock cycle
- Biogeochemical cycles
- How is soil formed?
- The properties of soil
- Soil analysis
- Soil erosion
- Sources of, and demand for, minerals
- Non-metal minerals
- Environmental impacts of mineral extraction
- Land use
- Management of derelict and polluted land
- Resolving conflict between different land users
- Enhancing the environment for amenity use
Unit 3: The Biosphere
- Conditions for life on Earth
- Autotrophic nutrition
- Respiration and heterotrophic nutrition
- Food chains and webs
- Energy flow through ecosystems
- Studying ecosystems
- Succession and zonation
- Species diversity
- Measuring population size and density
- Changes in populations
- Human populations
- Wildlife conservation
- National and international conservation
Unit 4: Biotic Resource Management
- Population and resources
- Types of production system 1
- Types of production system 2
- Choosing species for human food
- Selective breeding and genetic engineering
- Environmental impact of agriculture
- Reducing the environmental impact of agriculture
- Marine ecosystems
- Management of marine ecosystems
- The purpose of forests
- Forest management
Unit 5: Pollution and physical resource management
- Introduction to pollution
- Types and control of solid waste
- Methods of solid waste treatment
- Salvage and recycling
- Water conservation and management
- Water pollution 1
- Water pollution 2
- Monitoring water pollution
- The global atmospheric system and climate change
- Acid rain
- The ozone layer and smogs
- Noise pollution
Unit 6: Practical component
- Planning an experiment
- Presenting date and using statistical analysis 1
- Presenting data and using statistical analysis 2
- Interpreting and evaluating experimental data
You have one complete year to complete this course. These courses vary from between 150 – 350 hours approximately.
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