Topic outline

  • Preparing for A-Level Environmental Studies

    Welcome to Environmental Science A Level at L6FC

    A glass ball stands on some grass. In the shape of the ball is the upside down reflection of leaves and trees.

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    Tutor: Sian Smith

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    Awarding Body: AQA

    Visit AQA website for information about Environmental Science

    If you have any questions about the course or anything to do with college life, please email

  • Your first year and reading list

    Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject, so it will involve studying elements of biology, chemistry, physics, geography and social sciences; this can be a challenge as each of these fields requires different skills and knowledge. However, by combining an understanding of all of these areas, you are better able to study the environment from an integrated perspective.

    Now more than ever we need to understand the interactions between humans and our planet to enable us to manage and protect it for the future. Over the two year course you will learn about many different aspects of the world around us, including conservation methods, land use conflict, global climate change, pollution, energy resources, sustainable biological resources, evolution, biotechnology, ecosystems and population dynamics. It is a really great range of topics so that everyone will find areas that interest them! It is also very contextualised to relate to how the world works around you.

    Fieldwork and lab work are key skills that will be developed over the two years and you will be required to complete 4 days fieldwork and a variety of laboratory techniques. We will plan a range of local fieldwork activities to develop your skills and you will also have the opportunity to attend a residential trip in year 1.

    Assessment is 100% exams and will be taken at the end of the second year in the form of two 3 hour exams.

    Your first year studies will include:

    Year 1

    The living environment

    • Conditions for life on Earth

    • Conservation of biodiversity

    • Life processes in the biosphere and conservation planning





    The physical environment

    • The atmosphere

    • The hydrosphere

    • Mineral resources

    • Biogeochemical cycles

    • Soils

    Energy resources

    Evaluation of new extraction/harnessing technologies relating to:

    • fossil fuels

    • nuclear power – fission and fusion

    • renewable energy technologies

    • new energy storage systems

    • new energy conservation technologies

    • vehicle design for use and end of life

    • building design.


    Year 2


    • The properties of pollutants

    • How environmental features affect pollution events

    • Strategies to control pollutants based on their properties and features of the environment


    Biological resources

     • Agriculture

    • Aquatic food production systems

    • Forest resources


    • Dynamic equilibria

    • Energy

    • Material cycles

    • The Circular Economy

  • Summer Project

    Have you ever thought that you could develop your science skills by sitting in the sunshine and just looking around...well this summer project is called:

    'SIT SPOT SCIENCE' and will develop your skills of observation and also your connection with nature. 

    Please download the document and complete the activity over the summer term / holidays 

    Please bring your notebook/notes with you to your first Environmental Science lesson

    Collage of images from my garden sit spot

  • Topic 3

  • Citizen science projects

    One of the best ways to understand the environment and the challenges it faces is to get involved in citizen science projects. Citizen science gives you the chance to get out in the field, collect data and make a real difference. Any of the projects below will help you with your A level in Environmental Science.

  • Environmental Science Taster day presentation.

    Here is the presentation for the Environmental Science taster day. If you have any further questions about this A level please don't hesitate to get in contact using my email: