A Level Environmental Science Level 3 (2021 version)

Full Time

A Level Pathways

Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal. You should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. Other subject choices are also available depending on timetabling.

This A Level is included within the following A Level Pathways as a CORE subject: Environment, Geography and Earth Science and in the following pathways as an ADDITIONAL SUBJECT: Business & Entrepreneurship; Engineering; STEM and Healthcare. (Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling).

About the course

You will study the impact of human activity on the environment and explore ways in which we can create a sustainable future. At the end of the course you should be able to use a scientific approach to study the environment, the impacts on our environment, understand ways humans manage the environment, and know about sustainability issues that are important to us today.

Topics in Year One include: The Living Environment and The Physical Environment

Topics in Year Two include: Energy Resources and Environment Pollution; Biological Recourses Sustainability

Classes involve presentations, debate and discussions, and you are encouraged to carry out research and keep up to date with environmental issues.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including Biology or Combined/Additional Science, grade 4/C in English and Maths. You must also achieve grade 5 in at least one of these subjects. A GCSE in Geography would be helpful, but not essential.

Where next?

Society and industry need people who understand the challenges presented by sustainable development, and Environmental Science and Sustainable Development can be studied at university.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You may want to buy an A Level textbook. We may ask for a contribution from you to help with the costs of the field trips and visits.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: luke.sinnick@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk