A Level Environmental Studies


Whether your interest lies in ecology, conservation, biology, the countryside or environmental science, this qualification is a must. If the subject matter is to help with career choices, you can be confident that there are a plethora of employment routes having studied and achieved this particular A Level qualification.

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About This Course

Imagine being able to study at a time, pace and location of your choosing – no college classes or early starts required – and still be able to earn a full A Level qualification? With our home based A Level in Environmental studies, you can achieve all of this and more.

Thanks to the unique tailoring of this course, you can receive the exact same course materials and examinations as you would at college; however you can enjoy the freedom of being able to fit your studies around your prior work commitments.

Whether you are fascinated with learning about the living and physical environment, or wish to develop your understanding of the need to provide food and forest resources to support the growing population; you can easily complete this course from the comfort of your own home, safe in the knowledge that our A Level in Environmental Studies has been updated with the latest academic specifications and content.

Course Benefits

Split into 7 themes, each are designed to broaden your knowledge of environmental studies, the physical world and its application, whilst affording you the opportunity to undertake field world.

This practical work (spaced over 4 consecutive days) will enable you to demonstrate your understanding of this niche, and will prove an invaluable asset to your CV and university applications.

This course will:

  • Earn you up to 56 UCAS points that can be used to gain your dream university spot.
  • Offer you the flexibility to study at your own pace without stress or deadlines.
  • Allow you to choose when you take your exams – ensuring you are always prepared.
  • Challenge your theoretical knowledge of Environmental studies, by testing your competency when applying these theories within practical scenarios.

Course Units

Section 1: The Living Environment – conditions for life on Earth; conservation of biodiversity; life processes in the biosphere and conservation planning, and opportunities for skills development and independent thinking.

Section 2: The Physical Environment – the hydrosphere; mineral resources, and biogeochemical cycles.

Section 3: Energy Resources – the importance of energy supplies in the development of society; the impact of the features of energy resources; the sustainability of current energy resource exploitation; strategies to secure future energy supplies, and new energy conservation techniques.

Section 4: Pollution – the properties of pollutants; strategies to control pollutants; ionising radiation; noise; solid wastes; heavy metals; acid mine drainage; nutrient pollution, and pesticides.

Section 5: Biological Resources – agriculture; agroecosystems; sustainability of agriculture; aquatic food production systems, and forest resources.

Section 6: Sustainability – dynamic equilibria; energy; material cycles, and the circular economy.

Section 7: Research Methods – scientific methodologies; sampling techniques; specialist techniques; fieldwork and laboratory activities, and standard environmental techniques.


To achieve this full qualification, you will be assessed across all 7 sections. Within these written examinations you will be expected to demonstrate your understanding and comprehension of the materials taught on the syllabus, and be able to apply your knowledge into essay style questions.

Paper 1: this 3 hour written examination carries 50% of the weight of your course and will assess your knowledge of the content taught in sections 2, 3, 4 and 7 (through the use of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions).

Paper 2: this 3 hour written examination carries 50% of your A Level grade and will assess your knowledge of the content taught on sections 1, 5, 6 and 7. This will be achieved through a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

There is also an element of fieldwork lasting 4 consecutive days. However, you can choose to reduce this by completing a mixture of 2 days fieldwork and 12 laboratory based activities. This needs to be completed at the Lincoln centre.

Please Note: these practical skills will be assessed during your examinations and will make up to 15% of your mark.
You will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to gain the full A Level.

These examinations run on certain dates (information available from the AQA website), where you’ll need to register onto them independent of the course. There will also be additional costs for these examinations separate from the course fee.

Required Knowledge

No required skills or knowledge are needed to enrol onto this course; however it is recommended that you have skills/knowledge associated with GCSE Combined Science or its equivalent.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this home based learning course you will receive a full A Level in Environmental Studies issued by AQA.


Even though you’re studying from home; our mission is to support you every step of the way as you complete your studies.

This means alongside providing you with a comprehensive guide and course materials; you will also receive a course pack containing self-assessment exercises and tutor marked study questions which are designed to help your tutor to monitor your progress and development.

In addition, you will also receive your very own personal tutor who will always be on hand to mentor, guide and instruct you as you complete these tasks, whilst supplying you with endless support and advice.

Similarly, you will be able to take full advantage of our student support team, whose helpful advice is only a click away. With Association of Learning, you never have to struggle with your studies… we are always happy to help.

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This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

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  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
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All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

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There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to pay between 3-12 months depending on what you choose.

Unlike other providers, we do not charge interest and there are no credit checks or application forms to complete!

Finance is provided directly via Association of Learning. To meet the criteria you must be able to answer yes to the following:

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  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

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No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

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