Environmental Science National 5

What is special about this course?

This course is designed for students entering rural skills sectors especial the sub sectors of estate management or sustainable development.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements.

There are no internal units for this course.

The follow shows a brief overview of the topics covered: 

  • Living environment: Investigating ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Interdependence: Food webs
  • Human influences on biodiversity
  • Earth’s resources: An overview of Earth systems and their interactions
  • Geosphere: Rock cycle processes
  • Hydrosphere: Water cycle and uses
  • Biosphere: An overview of nature resources 
  • Atmosphere
  • Sustainability 1: Introduction to sustainability
  • Food: An introduction to the farming of food
  • Energy: The impacts of energy and climate change
  • Waste management



How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

From September to June on Wednesday evenings, 5pm-9pm.

How will I be assessed?

    Assessment for this course will be carried out in the following way:

    Informal assessment will be carried out using scholar and notes of test marks etc.

    • 2 internal assessments based on the units covered
    • 1 Prelim exam
    • External Assessment

    All internal exams taken by students will receive written feedback

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September 2023




A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Path 1: Progress on to Higher Environmental Science

Path 2: Enter a college Rural Skills Course

Path 3: Enter Higher Environmental Science and then move on to HNC,HND or Degree in Sustainable Development or Estate Management

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2023/24

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