A-level Environmental Science

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

This course will help you gain a deep and well-informed insight into the environment and the scientific processes that control and affect it. Learn how different events and cycles within the environment interrelate, how they influence subsequent environmental events, the human impacts on these events and cycles, and the strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused.

Pathways to medicine 

We offer personalised support if your aim is to study medicine: with work placements, a professional mentor and soft skills sessions to help you navigate the obstacles that can be linked to these career paths.


Share this course with someone you know...

Ideal if:

This is a great accompaniment to A Levels in Geography, Biology, Physics, Maths and Geology as well as developing key skills in communication, teamwork and critical thinking.  An interest in the environment, plants and animals in general is a great starting point for this subject and by studying Environmental Science it will add academic kudos to that informal knowledge and understanding.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and Mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7 in Geography and/or in the Sciences.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:

  • Conditions for life on Earth
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Life processes in the biosphere
  • Land resources
  • The atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere
  • Energy
  • Pollution
  • Human populations
  • Food and aquatic food
  • Production systems
  • Forestry
  • Sustainability


Teaching in a well-resourced room along with practical work in the field and laboratory scenarios, small group sizes, outstanding staff (qualified to a HE standard) and close tutorial support.

You’ll love:

The fieldwork and CCG Newquay HE opportunities as well as gaining the skills to apply knowledge and understanding gained in the classroom to woodland and river field scenarios.

You’ll go on to:

This course prepares you for Higher Education, higher level apprenticeships or employment with careers in environmental health, conservation officers, research, voluntary wildlife based organisations such as the National Trust or local Wildlife Trust.


A-levels 12
A-levels 11
A-levels 10



A-level Environmental Science

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 years


Jade Lewis Geo-Environmental Technician for Kiwa CMT Testing

"Studying A-levels in geology, biology and environmental studies at the College helped me gain a place on a geology degree at university and made the first year especially, that little bit easier. I now work in the chemistry department at a testing house laboratory for construction materials. I deal mainly with contaminated land and remediation, doing site work or office based work, but also petrography work using our microscope, or helping out in the lab testing concretes and mortars. I also occasionally help the geotechnical department."

Applied Science & Forensics

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.