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2 Years
Milnthorpe Road Campus


Here at Kendal College, we have a culture of high expectations, creating an environment in which A-Level learners can thrive.

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Course Overview

If you are interested in finding the answers to the following questions, then this course is for you! How do we manage and conserve habitats? Which methods can we use to protect one of our most valuable resources: our soil? How do forests support life on earth? What's wrong with the main fishing methods? How do we secure future energy supplies? What are circular economy principles? And how to conservationists decide which species are endangered?

This A-Level is awarded by AQA.

On this course you will learn about the living environment and how to conserve and manage it sustainably. You will develop an understanding of the global practices that have led to climate change, environmental degradation and habitat loss and use this knowledge to develop ways we can move forward using renewable energy, reducing pollution and conserving our natural environments for future generations. As well as the natural sciences, this course also touches on the social sciences and humanities; ethics, law and politics.

There is no coursework, but you will be required to complete a range of specified practical sessions where you will plan experiments, collect data, analyse results and make conclusions.
The content will be taught using a range of lesson styles, including: theory sessions, presentations, group work, practical activities and field work.

10% of the overall assessment of A-Level Environmental Science will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above. At least 15% of the overall assessment of A-Level Environmental Science will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above which must include English Language and Maths, and Biology at grade 6. Combined Science at grade 7 may be considered.

Adult Learners:
Our A-Level courses are designed to be part of our sixth form, 'KC Sixth', and studied full-time (3-4 subjects). They have 3 classes on different days across each week & are run over two academic years with a tutorial provision alongside them. If you want to study A-Levels part-time (1-2 subjects), please email, and Student Services will contact you to discuss this further. Alternatively, we offer a fast-track route to Higher Education via our Access to HE courses, which are specifically designed for adult students.

After Your Course

Studying Environmental Science will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop skills that will transfer to a wide range of careers or further study:

Environmental Consultancy, Environmental Education, Marine biology, Conservation & Wildlife, Waste Management & Recycling, Sustainability, Water Quality, Land Management, Forestry, Ocean Conservation, Sustainable Transport, Community Outreach, Community Garden Management, Renewable Energy, Permaculture, Ecology, Environmental Policy, Farming & Horticulture, Natural Building & Architecture, Closed Loop Design.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.

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