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AS Environmental Science

The 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.

This is a complete revision of the AQA GCE Environmental Science specification.

The AS course is divided into two units, the first of which is divided into 4 topics, and the second of which is divided into 3 topics. All of the topics will require reference to the textbook and selected websites. At the end of each topic is a set of key words. After studying the topic you should be able to give the meaning of each of these words. At the end of each topic there is a tutor-marked assessment which, when completed, should be sent to your tutor.

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary subject covering different branches of science and geography and there is much terminology that is associated with the subject. You are expected not only to recognise and understand these terms in examination papers, but use them correctly in your answers. If you have problems remembering terms it is a good idea to write them on index cards as you go along and use these to help you learn them.

Each unit of the course corresponds to the examination unit. The topics may be of different length and difficulty.

The Course is laid out as follows:-

Unit 1    
The Living Environment Topic 1 Conditions for Life on Earth
  Topic 2 Wildlife Conservation
  Topic 3 Life Processes in the Biosphere
  Topic 4 Land Resources
 
Unit 2    
The Physical Environment Topic 5 The Atmosphere
  Topic 6 The Hydrosphere
  Topic 7 The Lithosphere

 

At the end of each topic is a tutor marked assignment. This course covers all the content of the AQA AS Environmental Science units AS-ENVS1 and AS-ENVS2. You can find the full syllabus for this course at www.aqa.org.uk

Textbooks

Throughout the course you will require the following textbook which is specifically written for the syllabus that you are following. While the material covered in the book matches that in the course, you will need access to both in order to fully understand the concepts and terminology of biology. This book will be essential for your course.

AQA A Level Environmental Studies Student book by Richard Genn (2008) Published by Nelson Thornes ISBN-10: 1408513900 ISBN-13: 978-1408513903

Prior Knowledge

This course builds from the knowledge gained in a range of GCSE science subjects, including GCSE Environmental Science, although its study is not essential to undertake the A Level course. Some knowledge of biology or other GCSE Science subjects or Geography would be useful, so you may find the following books useful for revision.

AQA Science GCSE Science Students Book by Ann Fullick, Patrick Fullick, J Breithaupt, Lawrie Ryan (2006) Published by Nelson Thornes ISBN-10: 0748796347 ISBN-13: 978-0748796342

Understanding GCSE Geography: For AQA Specification A (Understanding GCSE Geography) by Ann Bowen and John Pallister (2006) Published by Heinemann Educational Publishers; 3Rev Ed edition ISBN-10: 0435351710 ISBN-13: 978-0435351717

Practical Work

Students are not required to submit an internally assessed environmental studies investigation. However, it is expected that candidates should carry out investigative activities, appropriate to the study of a range of environmental systems and the way in which they influence and affect each other. They should carry out extensive, appropriate practical work wherever possible, out in the environment. Integral to each unit is the development and use of practical skills relevant to the study of the environment; such as the planning and carrying out of investigations, the interpretation of data and the comprehension of relevant environmental texts.

The Examination

The AS examination consists of two components:

Unit 1 – ENVS1 The Living Environment

Written unit 1 hour 60 marks
40% of the total AS marks and 20% of the total A Level marks
This unit comprises five short answer questions (45 marks) and one structured question (15 marks).
All questions are compulsory.

Unit 2 – ENVS2 The Physical Environment

Written unit 1½ hours 90 marks
60% of the total AS marks and 30% of the total A Level marks
This unit comprises eight short answer questions (75 marks) and one structured question including extended prose (15 marks).
All questions are compulsory.

A2 Environmental Science

The Course

The A2 course is divided into two units, each of which is divided into a number of topics. All of the topics will require reference to the textbook and selected websites. At the end of each topic is a set of key words. After studying the topic you should be able to give the meaning of each of these words. Each topic has a tutor-marked assessment which, when completed, should be sent to your tutor.

Environmental Science contains a lot of scientific terminology that is associated with the subject. You are expected not only to recognise and understand these terms in examination papers, but use them correctly in your answers. If you have problems remembering terms it is a good idea to write them on index cards as you go along and use these to help you learn them.

Each unit of the course corresponds to the examination unit. The topics have been arranged for ease of understanding and topic coverage so may be of different length and difficulty. Note that the numbering of the modules and the topics continues from the AS course. You will need to study them in sequence.

The course is laid out as follows:

Unit 3    
Energy Resources and
Environmental Pollution
Topic 8 Energy
  Topic 9 Pollution
 
Unit 4    
The Physical Environment Topic 10 Human Populations
  Topic 11 Food Production Systems
  Topic 12 Aquatic Food Production Systems
  Topic 13 Forestry
  Topic 14 Sustainability

 

At the end of each topic is a tutor marked assignment.  

This course covers all the content of the AQA Environmental Studies A2 units ENVS3 and ENVS4. You can find the full syllabus for this course at www.aqa.org.uk

Textbooks

Throughout the course you will require the following textbook which is specifically written for the syllabus that you are following. While the material covered in the book matches that in the course, you will need access to both in order to fully understand the concepts and terminology of biology. This book will be essential for your course.

AQA A Level Environmental Studies Student book by Richard Genn (2008) Published by Nelson Thornes ISBN-10: 1408513900 ISBN-13: 978-1408513903

The A2 material follows on directly from the AS material. The course assumes that you have some knowledge of science of a level that you might have gained from a GCSE course in science subjects or of Geography.

Practical Work

Students are not required to submit an internally assessed environmental studies investigation. However, it is expected that candidates should carry out investigative activities, appropriate to the study of a range of environmental systems and the way in which they influence and affect each other. They should carry out extensive, appropriate practical work wherever possible, out in the environment. Integral to each unit is the development and use of practical skills relevant to the study of the environment; such as the planning and carrying out of investigations, the interpretation of data and the comprehension of relevant environmental texts.

The Examination

Unit 3 – ENVS3 Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution

Written unit 1½ hours 80 marks
25% of the total A Level mark
This unit comprises seven compulsory short answer/structured/comprehension questions (60 marks) and one essay from a choice of three titles (20 marks). Includes synoptic assessment.

Unit 4 – ENVS4 Biological Resources and Sustainability

Written unit 2 hours 80 marks
25% of the total A Level mark
This unit comprises five compulsory short answer/structured/comprehension questions (45 marks), one compulsory data analysis question (15 marks) and one essay from a choice of three titles (20 marks). Includes synoptic assessment.

Please note that synoptic questions will assess AS as well as A2 material.

To achieve a good overall grade it is necessary to do well in all of the components of the course.

Entry Requirements

Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.

Study Hours

Approximately 300 hours.

Qualification

AS/A2 - A level in Environmental Science. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

Specification: AQA (Full A Level) 2440, AQA (AS) 1441 and AQA (A2) 2441

What's Included

Learning documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 2 years.

Course Fee

Full A Level (AS & A2) £295.00
AS Level Only £195.00
A2 Level Only £195.00 (Enrolments taken from Summer 2009)

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