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Environmental Science

Learners will be studying the AQA Environmental Science Syllabus. Studying Environmental Science enables students to gain a deep and well-informed insight into the environment, and the scientific processes that control and affect it. You will develop an understanding of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate and how they influence subsequent environmental events. The human impacts on these events and cycles will be considered, with a focus on how science and technology are being used to minimise the problems caused. You will learn through a mixture of lectures, internet-based research and group activities, as well as on various offsite visits. In previous years, there have been opportunities to visit Berry Head Nature Reserve to undertake practical habitat management, the National Marine Aquarium to understand coral reef ecology, the South West Energy Centre to look at renewable energy and sustainable technology and a residential trip to Dorset to undertake ecological surveying. You will be required to participate fully in class discussions and activities and there will be opportunities to debate current environmental topics in lessons.
Topics include;
o Ecological processes and life support systems
o Methods of Conservation
o Past and future energy resources
o Climate change
o Ozone depletion
o Agricultural productivity and pollution
o Noise pollution
o Waste management and minimisation
o Fisheries and aquaculture
o Human population and sustainability
o Ecological footprints and biocapacity
o Coral reefs
o Antarctica
o Scientific research methods

Please see the specific entry requirements for A Levels at South Devon College: 6 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English and maths. Of these, at least two passes must be at grade 6 or above. Individual subjects may specify which GCSEs are required at grade 6.

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"The course was extremely rewarding and beneficial. The extensive detail of the course has profoundly developed my knowledge and the experienced tutors have been very inspirational."Kevin McKenna

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

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