Environmental Studies Study the environment and the place of humans within it

Environmental Studies @ F6rm

The environment is at the forefront of social, political and scientific minds and Environmental Studies offers a comprehensive insight into environmental issues, natural processes and the effects of human activity on the planet. Issues such as wildlife conservation, global climate change, and sustainable energy are covered in detail along with practical skills.

Course Structure

Qual. LevelModule CodeModule TitleAssessment Type% Overall A Level
AS LevelENVS1The Living Environment 

  • Conservation
  • Ecological relationships
Written Exam25
ENVS2The Physical Environment

  • Atmosphere
  • Hydrosphere
  • lithosphere
Written Exam25
A2 LevelENVS3Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution

  • Future energy supply
  • Atmospheric, water and land pollution
Written Exam25
ENVS4 Biological Resources and Sustainability

  • Food production systems
  • Forestry
  • Sustainability
Written Exam

Course Content

Enquiry based learning is used to explore environmental issues. For example, AS learners will investigate conservation by attending a wildlife conference at Marwell Wildlife and visiting a conservation project in Newport. Energy futures is a huge issue of our time and A2 learners investigate wind energy on the Island through analysing planning applications, interviewing key players and visiting Vestas Engineering in Newport. They will also explore the nuclear energy debate, having the opportunity to listen to a leading scientist investigating the Chernobyl incident. ENVS learners must be able to understand the science behind the issue and make decisions about environmental futures.

Career Opportunities

Environmental Scientist is on the UK National Skills Shortage Occupation list and along with Science A-levels, this course can open the door to occupations in a range of growth industries such as sustainable and renewable energies, mining and mineral exploration, waste management, environmental protection along with conservation research and management.

Entry Requirements

We require candidates to have the standard F6RM entry requirements plus a C in GCSE Science. GCSE Geography, Environmental Science or Geology would support your studies although none are mandatory requirements.


The course involves a number of mandatory fieldtrips on the Isle of Wight and some day trips further afield. The local trips are free as much as possible and costs for mainland trips are kept to a minimum. Students are expected to come to lessons fully equipped with a folder, pens and pencils, ruler, protractor and calculator. All necessary texts can be accessed through the College LRC.


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