Environmental Science course


Environmental science is the study of all physical and biological activities that occur on Earth, their interactions and processes and how these result in the continuance of a living planet. It divides the Earth into ‘spheres’. The spheres are:

  • The atmosphere

  • The hydrosphere - oceans and fresh waters

  • The lithosphere - a thin layer of soil overlying a deep, solid rock layer

  • The biosphere - the living component


Environmental science looks at disruptions to the interactions and processes including those caused by human interference and use of the planet’s resources.


This course is set at level 3 (A-level standard) and divided into units that reflect the current requirements of the UK government’s education plan for England in respect to environmental science learning.

Who is this course for? The environmental science course is aimed at A-level students wanting additional lessons to support their studies; local authority environmental officers; wildlife trust conservationists; other who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Earth's environment.


Each unit has approximately 5 hours study time and designed to be achieved within 6 months. There is though no time limit for completion.


An assignment goes with each unit and that be achieved from pass to distinction level.

Course fee: £575.00

Start this course for £50.00

Instalments: these are made by standing order and can be tailored to individual requirements starting at around £67.50 p.c.m. International transactions will incur additional fees. You can try unit 1 for £50.00 before committing to the whole course.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location. Click here for payment options and important information.

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Environmental Science Indicative course content

Learning outcomes

(subject to change)

Unit 1 Conditions for Life -

Identify and explain how Earth is thought to have possessed the conditions favourable for life to develop and be sustained

Unit 2 The Atmosphere -

Describe and explain the atmospheric processes of Earth’s atmosphere and energy budget

Unit 3 Environmental Change and Life (1) -

Know and explain the relationship between life and the Earth’s environment

Unit 4 Environmental Change and Life (2) -

Know and compare methods of determining and monitoring the environment

Unit 5 Bio-geochemical Cycles -

Describe and analyse the processes and importance of biogeochemical cycles

Unit 6 The Biosphere (1) -

Describe and relate ecological principles to assessing the condition of the environment - practical investigations

Unit 7 The Biosphere (2) -

Identify and assess the importance of biodiversity and methods to conserve environments and habitats - practical investigations

Unit 8 The Hydrosphere -

Outline and investigate processes of the hydrosphere and the impacts of human activity

Unit 9 The Lithosphere (1) -

Know and explain geological processes and the resources they provide within the lithosphere for human exploitation

Unit 10 The Lithosphere (2) -

Summarise and assess the use of resources present in the lithosphere including environmental impacts

Unit 11 Environmental Impacts -

Investigate and discuss the impacts of human activity on the environment and these can be mitigated

Unit 12 Sampling and measuring the Biosphere - Know and justify methods and techniques for sampling habitats, organisms and ecological systems

Environmental science course | level 3 | the atmosphere | the lithosphere | the hydrosphere | the biosphere | human activities and Earth's processes | for A-level students | start the course for £57.50  or less |