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Conversation courses at Sparsholt College

Environmental Science – A Level


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




2 Years

Environmental Science is the scientific study of how the environment supports us and how our way of life threatens these support systems. The subject will cover strategies on how we can promote sustainable living. The course will also explore environmental and ethical issues surrounding wildlife and conservation. 

Five GCSEs at grade 9–4, including Maths, English and a Science subject. BTEC Level 2 qualifications considered in subject related courses. 


  • Biodiversity, conservation in the UK and worldwide 
  • Life processes in the biosphere 
  • Ecological relationships 
  • Environmental management 
  • The role of atmospheric gases, water and mineral nutrients 
  • Energy supply and pollution problems 
  • Biological resources and sustainability 
  • Atmospheric, aquatic and terrestrial pollution and environmental damage 
  • Human population growth and planetary resources 
  • Food production, fisheries and forestry systems 


2 exams at end of two years 


Environmental science complements career paths in nature conservation, forestry, climatology and the energy and water industry. This subject is also highly sought after in Higher Education. 


You will go on a number of field trips and excursions including: 


Marwell Zoo Wildlife conferences 

Natural History Museum Trip 

Hurst Castle Spit trip 

Sparsholt College: conservation and fisheries facilities 

Local conservation work with council and Andover Trees United 

Local ecological survey work 


You will be taught in our Andover Sixth building and will have access to many different facilities, including: 2 study centres, a Library, A canteen and the Careers Hub.