National 5 Environmental Science (Course Code: C826 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 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

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Animals, Land and Environment

Information, Culture and Heritage

Science and Maths

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:

What will I study?

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject, which draws from science and social science subjects. You will learn about how we use the Earth’s resources, different ways of producing energy, and the effects of global climate change. This will help you to make your own decisions on contemporary issues where scientific knowledge is constantly developing.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Living environment

You will study:

Earth’s resources

You will study:


You will study:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has one component totalling 100 marks:

The question paper will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.  

Study Materials

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):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Environmental Science (National 5)