1Course Overview

A Level Environmental Science

Course code: OSC1286

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Study A Level Environmental Science from home – your route to academic success!

This new A Level course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content.

On this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with
  • Explore the living and physical environment
  • Develop your understanding in the need to provide food and forest resources for a growing human population

Studying A Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared.

A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

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

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2Course Content

Specification: AQA 7447

Section 1: The Living Environment
  • Conditions for life on Earth
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Life processes in the biosphere and conservation planning
  • Opportunities for skills development and independent thinking
Section 2: The Physical Environment
  • The hydrosphere
  • Mineral resources
  • Biogeochemical cycles
Section 3: Energy Resources
  • 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
Section 4: Pollution
  • The properties of pollutants
  • Strategies to control pollutants
  • Ionising radiation
  • Noise
  • Solid wastes
  • Heavy metals
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Nutrient pollution
  • Pesticides
Section 5: Biological Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Agroecosystems
  • sustainability of agriculture
  • Aquatic food production systems
  • Forest resources
Section 6: Sustainability
  • Dynamic equilibria
  • Energy
  • Material cycles
  • The circular economy
Section 7: Research Methods
  • Scientific methodologies
  • Sampling techniques
  • Specialist techniques
  • Fieldwork and laboratory activities
  • Standard environmental techniques
3Other Information

To achieve the full Environmental Science A Level you will be assessed across the 7 sections and practical assessment. All units will be assessed by two paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

  • 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
  • Please note: It is your responsibility to source and book your fieldwork and examinations.
  • Your practical skills will be assessed within the written exams only. Overall, at least 15% of the marks for A Level Environmental Science qualification will require the assessment of practical skills.
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 this home learning course you will receive an A Level in Environmental Science issued by AQA. All examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A Level. The first opportunity to take these exams are in 2019.


Course Questions & Answers

Is this the same qualification as an A Level from school or college?

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.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

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.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE NUS Extra card
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Not included with the online study option
Is there a required reading list?

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

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations and internal assessments in order to fully complete this course, but arranging them is simple. The examinations run on specific dates which can be obtained by visiting the AQA website. It is your responsibility to source and book your fieldwork and examinations.

Are there any additional costs?

For this particular course, examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling. 

What if I live outside the UK?

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.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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