A Level Environmental Science

Course Codes

OSC1286 / OSC1402 / OSC1403

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  • Gain an official A Level Environmental Science qualification from AQA.
  • Achieve up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university.
  • Nationally recognised accredited A Level qualification that is the same course offered in schools and colleges.
  • No waiting around for term to start - you can enrol today and start studying as soon as you are ready.
  • Study this online A Level from home at your own pace.
  • Benefit from the full support of your personal tutor via email.
  • Choose to include exams and fieldwork and save up to £770*
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Course overview

Do you want to learn more about the science that affects the environment? This Environmental Science A Level course will teach you more about the conditions for life on earth, the sustainability of energy resources and agriculture, strategies to control pollutants, and biogeochemical cycles. You will also have the opportunity to complete fieldwork based on a range of habitats in Lincolnshire to further develop your understanding.

Depending on the degree and career you aspire to, the A Levels we recommend studying alongside this course are A Level Georgraphy, A Level Chemistry, and A Level Biology.

Degrees this subject could lead to

Suitable degrees once you have successfully completed your A Level Environmental Science course include environmental science, ecology, microbiology, law, geography, and conservation to name a few.

Future career options

Beyond university, potential future careers for A Level Environmental Science students include in-demand careers such as:

  • Environmental specialists
  • Landfill engineers
  • Nuclear waste management
  • Hydrogeologists
  • Geologist

A Levels via distance learning

This A Level Environmental Science course is exactly the same as an A Level you would study at school or college, meaning you will take the same exams and get the same qualification. The only difference is that our courses are designed to be studied from home at your own pace, and you will receive full tutor support via email.

Course Duration

Up to two years.

Course Outcome

A Level Environmental Science qualification from AQA.

Entry Requirements

We recommend that you have a grade 4/C in GCSE Science, however this is not essential.

Assessment

Fieldwork and two written exams.

Course content

Specification: AQA 7447

Extra info

Course duration

You will have two years to complete your A Level Environmental Science course.

The only deadlines involved in studying this course are concerning the A Level exam timetables. Please see the exams and assessments section for more information on this.

Exams and assessments

To achieve your A Level Environmental Science qualification, you must complete the exams and fieldwork required. There are two written exams for this course which will cover the topics studied on this course. A breakdown of the exam papers can be found in the following section.

When you enrol on your course, you will have the option to add your exams to your enrolment, or you can select the course-only option.

Fieldwork

As part of this course, you must undertake fieldwork that meets the minimum requirement of four days. You can choose to add this on with us as part of the exams and fieldwork package. The fieldwork will be based on a range of habitats in Lincolnshire.

Overall, at least 15% of the marks for your A Level Environmental Science qualification will come from the assessment of your fieldwork skills.

The fieldwork typically takes place in March each year, however you will need to contact our team to find out the exact dates when you are ready to complete your fieldwork and exams as they must be done in the same year.

Choosing to add the exams and fieldwork package

If you choose to add your exams and fieldwork on to your enrolment, all you need to do is contact us when you are ready to complete your fieldwork and sit your exams, and we will book and pay for them on your behalf. Please note that the A Level exam timetable typically takes place during May and June each year. You are advised to contact us well in advance of when you intend to complete your fieldwork and exams so that we can confirm your place with the exam board – cut-off dates apply. With this option, you must take your exams at one of our partner exam centres in either Coventry, Bolton and Wimbledon, and your fieldwork will take place in Lincolnshire.

The course only option

If you do not add your exams and fieldwork on to your enrolment, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your assessments yourself. If you select this option, you must source and liaise with your chosen exam centre in order to book your exams and fieldwork, Open Study College will not be able to book your exams for you. In this instance, you are advised to contact AQA exam centres well in advance of their intended exam dates, as cut-off dates sometimes change.

Study method

This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Course outcome

Upon successful completion of your exams, you will be awarded an A Level Environmental Science qualification issued by AQA. You will also receive UCAS points relevant to the grade you achieved to support your university application.

UCAS

The final grade you achieve in your A Level will be translated into UCAS points. Based on your grade, you will be awarded up to 56 points per A Level which can then be added together to reach the UCAS points you need to be accepted by your chosen university.

To help you achieve the best possible grade from home, we recommend that you complete the tutor-marked assessments included in your course materials. These are designed to provide you with detailed feedback to help you fine-tune your technique before you sit your exam. Completing your tutor-marked assessments will also help your tutor to provide you with a predicted grade if this is required for your UCAS application.

Download our A Level prospectus

To find out more about Open Study College, the A Levels we offer and how they work, download our A Level prospectus.

Exam details

Paper 1

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: three hours
  • Weighting: 50% of A Level
  • Total marks: 120
  • Assessed: any content from sections two, three, four, and seven
  • Assessment format: a combination of multiple-choice, short answer, and extended writing questions

Paper 2

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: three hours
  • Weighting: 50% of A Level
  • Total marks: 120
  • Assessed: any content from sections one, five, six and seven
  • Assessment format: a combination of multiple-choice, short answer, and extended writing questions
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