Environmental Science Higher
What is special about this course?
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
This is a very science -based course and it would be acceptable for potential students to have English and Maths (Higher or Nat5) + one of the following- Biology/Chemistry or Geography at Higher or N5 level.
This Course or its component units may form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards and may provide progress in the following ways:
- Part of a Scottish Group Award at Higher
- Progression to a Science related HND
- Progression to Higher Education
- Exit to employment in the renewable energy industries
The Course comprises 3 mandatory Units and a Course Assessment:
- H24P 76 Environmental Science: Living Environment (Higher) 6 SCQF credit points
- H24R 76 Environmental Science: Earth’s Resources (Higher) 6 SCQF credit points
- H24S 76 Environmental Science: Sustainability (Higher) 6 SCQF credit points
Course assessment 6 SCQF credit point
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.
How will I study my course?
- Part Time
Your classes will be delivered online, by video conference. Assignments and learning materials will be avialbale in our virtual learning environment.
Classes last 2 hours, 1 evening per week and you'll also have a weekly 1 hour tutorial.
How long will my course last?
1 Academic Year
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
Please contact your local centre for more information about start dates.
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If you are under 18 or are on benefits you may be eligible for fee waiver. Please see our fees and fee waiver document
What can I do on completion of my course?
Iideal preparation for a range of HE courses and science degrees and may eventually lead to careers as Environmental Consultant, Nature Conservation, Planning, Marine Biology, Horticulture, Waste & Recycling Management, Sustainability Consultant.
Is there more information available online?
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