A Level Environmental Science
- How can we protect endangered species?
- How do we help reduce the impacts of climate change?
- What are the links between air pollution and health?
- How do we live sustainably?
- What are the renewable energy sources of the future?
Environmental Science is an important subject which seeks to understand the impact of humans on the environment. With developing global interest in combatting climate change, as well as a renewed focus on the environmental impact on health and disease, studying this subject will give you excellent knowledge and tools to navigate and influence positively a complex world.
Environmental Science is a multi-disciplinary subject. This means it requires understanding from many different subjects including Biology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics as well as Economics, Psychology and Sociology.
Many of the topics will be new, but also many topics build on knowledge you have learnt in GCSE Science, and GCSE Geography if you chose this subject. Here is a brief summary of the main topics covered in the A Level:
- Conservation of Biodiversity
- Climate change
- How humans use water
- Renewable energy and fossil fuels
What do we study first?
We start the course with learning about Conservation of Biodiversity.
Why is conservation important? What are the threats to biodiversity? What are the methods used to protect endangered species? How do we protect rainforests, coral reefs and Antarctica?
1. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has lots of excellent resources. They also produce a larger report called the ‘Living Planet Report’ which explains in detail many of the most important issues in conservation: https://www.worldwildlife.org/initiatives/wildlife-conservation
2. The GCSE topics that will be most useful to understand to help you make a confident start will be Ecology from GCSE Biology and The Living World from GCSE Geography. BBC Bitesize has lots of useful self assessment quizzes to check your own learning so I would highly recommend this website.
BBC Bitesize – GCSE Biology – Ecology – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxfd3k7
BBC Bitesize: GCSE Geography – The Living Planet – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z2tqwxs
3. A wider understanding of the environment and the organisms that live there is also really important. Watching and making summary notes on any nature documentary will be of great use. There are many on YouTube that you could find on tropical rainforests and coral reefs for example. If you have access to Netflix, there is a whole Science and Nature TV section under series. Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Our Planet are all excellent series with amazing filming. ‘Climate Change – The Facts’, also presented by David Attenborough is also a fantastic introduction to science of Climate Change.
4. Many news websites have excellent current articles to develop your understanding too: Environmental News Network – https://www.enn.com/
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