The Higher Environmental Science Course encourages the development of skills and resourcefulness, which lead to becoming a confident individual. Successful learners in environmental science think creatively, analyse and solve problems. Environmental science aims to produce responsible citizens, through studying relevant areas such as the living environment, the Earth’s resources and sustainability. Learners will be able to develop their communication and collaborative working skills.
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject, which draws from the sciences and social sciences. The Course is practical and experiential and develops scientific awareness of environmental issues.
Environmental scientists are involved in tackling issues such as global climate change, pollution, use of land and water resources and changes in wildlife habitats. It involves an understanding of scientific principles, economic influences and political action.
Learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:
♦ National 5 Environmental Science Course or relevant component Units
♦ National 5 Biology Course or relevant component Units
♦ National 5 Geography Course or relevant component Units
There are a variety of prior learning experiences which are relevant to candidates wishing to undertake this course which may be taken into consideration.
All applicants will need to satisfactorily complete an interview.
This Course or its component units may form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards and may provide progress in the following ways:
The Course comprises 3 mandatory Units and a Course Assessment:
Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programs of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways.
Units can be taught sequentially or in parallel to each other. However, learning and teaching approaches should provide opportunities to integrate skills, where possible.
Environmental Science: Living Environment (Higher)
In this Unit, learners will develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding in the context of the living environment. Learners will research issues and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy. The key areas covered are investigating ecosystems and biodiversity, interdependence, and human influences on biodiversity.
Environmental Science: Earth’s Resources (Higher)
In this Unit, learners will develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding in the context of the Earth’s resources. Learners will research issues and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy. The key areas covered are the geosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere, and the atmosphere.
Environmental Science: Sustainability (Higher)
In this Unit, learners will develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding in the context of sustainability.
Learners will research issues and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy. The key areas covered are, food, water, energy, and waste management.
Assessment & Qualification
The course has two assessment components a 2.5 hours written exam paper worth 100 marks and a practical assignment worth 20 marks.
The course runs for 4 hours a week over a 34 week period. The course will be video conferenced from Portree in semester 1 and Fort William in Semester 2. The course will also require 4 practical days which will usually take place at agreed times during the year.
You may be eligible for an Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland to help pay for this course.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the cost of learning or training.
You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.
ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers. To find out more or to apply, visit myworldofwork.co.uk
Higher Environmental Science provides suitable preparation for further study in subjects such as sciences or accountancy at HNC or degree level. The varied skills, knowledge and discipline offer students preparation for careers in research, environmental project work, waste management and environmental protection, Biodiversity worker, or other employment.
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