Higher Environmental Science (Course Code: C726 76)

SCQF Level 6 (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.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally be expected to have:

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.

The course is made up of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Environmental Science: Living Environment (6 SCQF credit units)

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?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components:

The question paper will assess your breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will assess the application of skills of scientific inquiry and related environmental science knowledge and understanding.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in:

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