A Level Environmental Science

Course codes: OSC1286 / OSC1402 / OSC1403
Official A Level, worth up to 56 UCAS points

We have a 94% pass rate** with our A Levels, earn up to 56 UCAS points...

  • Official AQA Environmental Science A Level
  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Same course as sixth form or college
  • Enrol today and start your studies straight away
  • Explore the living and physical environment
  • Develop your understanding in the need to provide food and forest resources for a growing human population
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with
  • Choose to include exams and fieldwork and save up to £770*

Study A Level Environmental Science from the comfort of your own home and choose when to take your exams. A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

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Course overview

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Course Outcome

A Level in Environmental Science (you must take the A Level exam to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Fieldwork and 2 paper-based exams.

Course content

Specification: AQA 7447

  • Conditions for life on Earth
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Life processes in the biosphere and conservation planning
  • Opportunities for skills development and independent thinking
  • The hydrosphere
  • Mineral resources
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • The importance of energy supplies in the development of society
  • The impact of the features of energy resources
  • The sustainability of current energy resource exploitation
  • Strategies to secure future energy supplies
  • New energy conservation technologies
  • The properties of pollutants
  • Strategies to control pollutants
  • Ionising radiation
  • Noise
  • Solid wastes
  • Heavy metals
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Nutrient pollution
  • Pesticides
  • Agriculture
  • Agroecosystems
  • Sustainability of agriculture
  • Aquatic food production systems
  • Forest resources
  • Dynamic equilibria
  • Energy
  • Material cycles
  • The circular economy
  • Scientific methodologies
  • Sampling techniques
  • Specialist techniques
  • Fieldwork and laboratory activities
  • Standard environmental techniques
Extra info


As part of this course, students must undertake fieldwork which meets the minimum requirement of 4 days. You can choose to add this on with us. The fieldwork will be based on a range of habitats in Lincolnshire.

Assessment of the knowledge and understanding of the fieldwork skills in this course will be by written exams only. Overall, at least 15% of the marks for A-level Environmental Science qualification will require the assessment of fieldwork skills.

To achieve the full Environmental Science A Level you will need to sit the exams. You will be assessed across the 7 sections and practical assessment. All units will be assessed by two paper-based examinations.

These can also be added on with us. If you add on the exams with us the exams are based in Coventry, Bolton and Wimbledon. You need to ensure you can travel to either of these locations.

Your practical assessment will be based on a range of habitats in Lincolnshire and will run from Mon 22 March – Thu 25 March.

A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Your fieldwork skills will be assessed within the written exams only.

Course Duration

You will have 2 years to complete the full A Level from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Environmental Science by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post. Tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course pack will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the exams and coursework, you will receive an A Level in Environmental Science issued by AQA. All examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A Level.

Thinking of Going to University?

A Levels are assessed primarily through examinations, and in some cases, coursework and/or practicals too, which are then combined to give a final grade. If you are planning to go on to higher education, this grade can then be translated into Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) points. You will be awarded up to 56 points per A Level which can then be added together to reach the total number of UCAS points required by your chosen university.

To help you achieve the best possible grade, our courses include carefully-devised learning activities, as well as a number of tutor-marked assignments, so you get detailed feedback to help you fine-tune your technique before you take the exam. Your assignments can also help your personal tutor to provide you with a predicted grade, where this is required for your university application.

Exam details

Paper 1
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Weighing: 50% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 120
  • Assessed: Any content from sections 2, 3, 4 and 7
  • Assessment format: A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
Paper 2
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Weighing: 50% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 120
  • Assessed: Any content from sections 1, 5, 6 and 7
  • Assessment format: A combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

No previous knowledge or skills are needed to enrol onto this course, however we recommend that students should have the skills and knowledge associated with at least GCSE Combined Science or equivalent.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

There is no required reading for this A Level. However, you may need to conduct your own research using the internet.

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations and internal assessments in order to fully complete this course. You can add on the exams and fieldwork with us and we will book these for you. 

If you don’t add on the exams and fieldwork you will have to book and pay for these yourself to your chosen exam centre.

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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