National 3 Environmental Science (Course Code: C726 73)

SCQF Level 3 (18 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Environmental Science?

Environmental scientists are involved in tackling issues such as global climate change, pollution, use of land and water resources and changes in wildlife habitats. It involves an understanding of scientific principles, economic influences and political action.

This course provides a broad and up to date selection of ideas relevant to the central position of environmental science in society. You will investigate key areas of the living environment such as biodiversity and interdependence.

The skills that you learn while studying Environmental Science, such as investigating, critical thinking, project management and survey techniques, are valuable in a wide variety of industry sectors including renewable energy, forestry and environmental conservation and agriculture.

Career Pathways

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Animals, Land and Environment

Information, Culture and Heritage

Science and Maths

What do I need to get in?

The school or college would decide on entry requirements. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

You will learn about how we use the Earth’s resources, and how we can protect and sustain the living environment. You will look at the impact that environmental science makes on all our lives, on the environment, and on society. This will help you to develop skills in investigating, fieldwork, making decisions and solving problems.

The course has three compulsory units. 

Environmental Science: Living Environment (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Environmental Science: Earth’s Resources (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Environmental Science: Sustainability (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher or tutor on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all three units to get the qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

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