A-Level Environmental Studies


This Environmental Studies course is ideal for students seeking careers in ecology, conservation or marine biology.  As we all become increasingly aware of the impact we have on the Earth, this course will help you to learn more about the fascinating issues involved in the preservation of our planet.

This course covers key topics such as: the living environment; the physical environment; energy resources and environmental pollution; and biological resources and sustainability.

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A-Level Environmental Studies

  • Course code: OSC1160
  • Delivery method: Online or Paper
  • Course duration: 24 Months
  • Qualification Code: AQA 2440
  • Exam Fees are not included

Entry requirements: You will need to have a reasonable grade at GCSE or O Level in Science and Mathematics.

This specification is designed to encourage students to:

  • understand of how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate
  • understand human impacts on environmental events and cycles
Course Content



  • Biodiversity of life
  • Conservation of life
  • Coral Reefs
  • Antarctica
  • Tropical Rainforests
  • Life processes in the biosphere
  • Ecological relationships
  • Abiotic and biotic environments


  • Natural available resources for life
  • Issues relating to over-exploitation
  • Atmospheric gases
  • Water
  • Minerals
  • Resources cycles
  • Global climate change
  • Water demands



  • Future problems of energy supply
  • Energy resources available
  • Pollutants and their properties
  • Atmospheric, aquatic and terrestrial pollutants
  • Strategies to minimise pollution


  • Factors controlling human population growth
  • The Earths resources and life support systems
  • Food production
  • Forestry
  • Factors limiting productivity
  • Human lifestyles
  • Sustainability

Recommended Reading List

We recommend the following text books to help you with your studies, however, they are not essential for completion of the course:

  • AQA A Level Environmental Studies Student Book, Richard Genn, 2008,
  • Nelson Thornes ISBN-10: 1408513900 ISBN-13: 978-1408513903
  • Environmental Science: A Global Concern (Ninth Edition), William P.
  • Cunningham, Mary Ann Cunningham and Barbara Woodworth Saigo, 2007,
  • McGraw Hill Higher Education Publisher: ISBN-10: 0071105964
  • ISBN13: 978-0071105965
Qualification Information

To achieve the full Environmental Studies A-Level you will be assessed across the 4 units. All units will be assessed by four paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

Paper 1: The Living Environment – ENVS1

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Assessed: Unit 1

Paper 2: The Physical Environment – ENVS2

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Assessed: Unit 2

Paper 3: Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution – ENVS3

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Assessed: Unit 3

Paper 4: Biological Resources and Sustainability– ENVS4

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Assessed: Unit 4

Please note: The last exams for this course are in 2018.

Upon successful completion of the exams you will receive an A-Level in Environmental Studies (AS/A2) issued by AQA. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level. We have chosen this syllabus as it is the best suited to distance learning. The last exams for this course are in 2018.


Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).


You will need to take the standard A-Level examinations in order to fully complete the course. The examinations run on specific dates, which can be obtained by visiting the AQA website. You will be required to register for these examinations yourself; however, we can provide you with a list of centres to help you with arranging this. Please note, the last examinations for this course are in May/June 2018.

Course Length Information

Please note, the last examinations for this course are in May/June 2018.

Tutor Support

Additional information

Study Method

Paper Manual, Online

Paper based courses are only available for UK deliveries. Online courses are available for UK and International students. Dismiss