Physical and biological sciences are among the 10 most popular courses at UK universities; the UEA being among the top 5 universities for environmental science research. This course would provide a good foundation for further study in the subject or other sciences. Furthermore, Environmental Science is accepted as one A-level for many degree level courses in biological sciences field. Environmental science can lead to a variety of careers including conservation or environmental management or education.

The whole course has an underlying principle of sustainability – the challenges around providing for the needs of the current population without damaging the Earth for future generations. You are taught using contemporary case studies, which makes A-level Environmental Science a highly relevant and modern subject.

Further details of the specification can be found at: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-7447-SP-2017-V0-1.PDF

You can expect to be teaching and learning methods to be very “hands on”. Fieldwork will help you develop confidence in data collection techniques like kick-sampling, micro-climates and habitat analysis. Most fieldwork will be in the local area including Winterton Dunes and Bacton Woods. All lessons are held in a dedicated science lab but students will also be able to use the computer rooms to explore how modern technologies such as GIS and remote sensing support environmental work. In class you can expect to take part in lab work, debates, research presentations, group and individual work. 

There will be opportunities to take part in overseas expeditions, such as the recent expeditions to South Africa and Madagascar with Operation Wallacea, where students took on the roles of research assistants to help collect data on the impact of conservation schemes in these areas.



Students working on a presentation in South Africa, 2015



Paston Students have enjoyed taking part in a number of scientific research expeditions with Operation Wallacea. Here students have been mist netting and collecting data on bird species type, weight and other morphological characteristics. Madagascar, 2017