A' Level Environmental Studies (AS and A2)

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A' Level (AS+A2)


18 months

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A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain a qualification without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

This A' Level Environmental Studies Course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject or for anyone who wishes to study at a higher level at University. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.

This course is designed to develop students' knowledge of how different events and cycles interrelate within the environment and draws on experiences of how humans impact on events and cycles affecting the environment. Students also gain an understanding of strategies that can be used to minimise the problems caused.

On this course you will study four units:

AS Level

At AS, this specification develops a foundation of scientific knowledge and skills associated with the environment and how it works. Candidates study the biodiversity of life on Planet Earth and physical resources which are essential for life on Earth:

Unit 1: ENVS1 The Living Environment
Written examination: 1 hour

Unit 2: ENVS2 The Physical Environment
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

A2 Level

At A2, the specification enables candidates to further develop their skills and understanding of How Science Works. Candidates examine Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution, and Biological Resources and Sustainability:

Unit 3: ENVS3  Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 4: ENVS4 Biological Resources and Sustainability
Written examination: 2 hours.

What makes us unique when delivering your A’ Level specification?

At Learn Now, we treat our students as individuals not numbers. Not everyone works at the same pace or needs the same level of assistance and your Tutor will ensure that you receive as much help as is required. We won’t just provide you with your course materials and leave you to get on with it; your course will be tailored to your needs. We have a resource bank full of useful aids and ideas to help you make the most of your studies and give you the best possible chance of success.

Please note A’ Levels are changing over the next few years, click here for more information.

Previous Knowledge Required

It is recommended that students should be educated to GCSE Grade C or equivalent and have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 18 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.


You will have dedicated Tutor Support for 18 months. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. You must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to quizzes to help you gauge your progress.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an AQA approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

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Enrolment Fees

You can enrol online today by either paying in full or taking advantage of our easy payment plan.  The first instalment will be due one month following enrolment.

Payment Method            Version Initial Payment Monthly Instalment Total Payable
Pay in Full Online £295.00 Nil £295.00
Instalment Option 1 Online £175.00 £61.25 X 4 months £420.00
Instalment Option 2 Online £105.00 £105.00 X 3 months £420.00

Please note the easy payment plan is not available to International Students.


Unit 1 The Living Environment

An introduction to the biodiversity of life on Planet Earth.

Unit 2 The Physical Environment

Physical resources such as atmospheric gases, water and mineral nutrients are essential for life on Earth.

Humans exploit and manage physical resources to provide higher material living standards.

The use of many of these resources is unsustainable.

Unit 3 Energy Resources and Environmental Pollution

Future problems of energy supply and how these may be resolved are investigated through the study of the energy resources which are available for use.

Unit 4 Biological Resources and Sustainability

The factors controlling human population growth are considered in relation to the demands placed upon the planets resources and life-support systems.

How Science Works

An understanding of How Science Works is a requirement.  How Science Works is an underpinning set of concepts and is the means whereby students come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world about us. Moreover, How Science Works recognises the contribution scientists have made to their own disciplines and to the wider world.

Recommended reading

AQA A Level Environmental Studies Student Book, Richard Genn, 2008,
Nelson Thornes ISBN-10: 1408513900 ISBN-13: 978-1408513903

Environmental Science: A Global Concern (Ninth Edition), William P.
Cunningham, Mary Ann Cunningham and Barbara Woodworth Saigo, 2007,
McGraw Hill Higher Education Publisher: ISBN-10: 0071105964
ISBN13: 978-0071105965

Awarding Organisation

AQA - The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance

The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) is the largest of the Unitary Awarding Bodies in the UK. AQA offers a range of qualifications and services, including GCSE, GCE, GNVQ, VCE and Entry Level. AQA's primary purpose is to ensure that students’ attainments are supported by best assessment practice and that their grades are a reliable statement of their achievement.


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