A Level Environmental Science course

Environmental Science A Level Course. The Environmental Science specification enables students to gain an insight into the environment, and the scientific processes that control and affect it.

The central theme is the development of an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate, how they influence subsequent environmental events, the human impacts on these events and cycles, and the strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused.

Qualification: A Level Environmental Science
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: AQA
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 years support
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

Course fees include course lessons & 2 years tutor support 
(Exam fees not included)

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A Level Environmental Science course

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Course Fee: Starting at: £399.00

What's included in the fees?

1: Printed course materials/course pack or online access (Select at checkout)
3: 2 Years Tutor support via email 
4: Assignment feedback and marking

What's not included in the fees?

1: Associated examination fees
2: Practical assessments - Where applicable
3: Optional study texts - recommended reading
4: Delivery if paper format selected

One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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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
Solid wastes
Heavy metals
Acid mine drainage
Nutrient pollution

Sustainability of agriculture
Aquatic food production systems
Forest resources

Dynamic equilibria
Material cycles
The circular economy

Scientific methodologies
Sampling techniques
Specialist techniques
Fieldwork and laboratory activities
Standard environmental techniques

No prior knowledge of the subject is required, however basic knowledge is desirable. It is recommended that students have attained GCSE or equivalent communication and literacy skills in English and numeracy skills in mathematics

Students are recommended to posses the ability to read and write english to GCSE standards and be over 16 years of age. 


AQA A Level Environmental Science

UCAS points awarded upon grades achieved.  Visit UCAS here

AQA are one of the largest awarding bodies within the UK. Predominantly aimed at 14-19 year old students sitting A levels and GCSE's for the first time or mature students generally looking to retake or achieve UCAS points for a university application. AQA provides students with a fully recognised qualification as provided by any further education college.

To sit AQA examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment. Please check availability and exam fees direct with your chosen centre.

Please visit AQA here for exam information 

The contract for sitting exams is between you and the centre and we will provide you with comprehensive instructions on when and how to deal with the examination centre. From 2014 exams will be taken in June of each year.  Please be advised that all students are advised to check and confirm availability and examination fees prior to enrolment. UK Open College has no control over availability or exam fees charged. 


Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic! 

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual.

Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.

Students are able to select how they wish to study.

Paper based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond direct with your tutor via email


Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you.!

Please be advised students cannot choose both methods/formats. You will be required to select your preferred method at checkout.

Q: Why can't i use both methods?
A:  Each method has been developed and written in such a way that having both will cause total confusion. Both formats are laid out and taught in totally different ways hence we ask students to choose their preferred method at the enrolment stage.


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 three 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

    There is also a fieldwork element for this course which is run over 4 consecutive days. If a mixture of fieldwork and laboratory-based activities is chosen then the equivalent minimum requirement would be 2 days of fieldwork plus 12 laboratory-based activities.This is to be completed at a centre in Lincoln.

    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.

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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