Environmental Science deals with the threats to our environment and the solutions we have come up with to solve these threats. We look at the natural resources we use and explore case studies on sustainability. We also look at ecosystems and look at the threats to biodiversity.
Students who take the course develop an understanding of the world around us, can identify conflicts between different land user groups and suggest resolutions, understand the roles of legislation, incentive schemes, European directives, voluntary organisations and statutory organisations in helping to protect our environment.
Environmental Science matches up neatly with Geography and Biology but can also be taught to people without background knowledge of these subjects. Other students that do well in this subject are those with an agricultural backgound. During the course we make good use of the school grounds and nearby nature reserves to develop skills in environmental monitoring.
S5 and S6: Higher
The course is divided into three units:
Unit 1: Living Environment
Unit 2: Natural Resorces
Unit 3: Sustainability
The course will develop knowledge and understanding which will encourage the development of positive attitudes and enable informed judgements to be made on matters of actual or potential environmental conflict.
The course will also develop the candidate’s scientific knowledge and experience by its consideration of principles, methods, data collection, interpretation and analysis, and emphasis will be placed on investigative fieldwork conducted in local areas.
Assessment: Pupils need to achieve passes in the internal assessment of all 3 units stated above. The external examination will provide all assessment material for the final grade. The examination consists of one paper lasting 2 hours and 30min, with a total of 100 marks.
Candidates are also expected to complete a practical-based research project that will contribute 20 marks to their final mark.