Why choose AS Level Environmental Management?*
*Not available to Private Candidates
The content of this course is designed to encourage a broad, thought provoking study of the environment, focusing on key issues in its management for sustainability. It includes sections on:
- the lithosphere (plate tectonics and management of its consequences, weathering, soils and mass movements and their management, management of resources including energy resources and land)
- the atmosphere (impact of its structure on weather and climate and management of the consequences of weather, atmospheric pollution and its management)
- the hydrosphere (sustainable management of water in the context of the water cycle and human activity as well as water pollution and its management)
- the biosphere (ecology of biomes and the effect of human activity, conservation and restoration of ecosystems as well as human population growth and sustainability.)
In each case there is a focus on environmental issues and their management at local, regional and global levels in less economically developed countries (LEDCs) and more economically developed countries (MEDCs).
Issues such as global warming, industrial pollution, the impacts of rapid population growth and urbanisation are balanced with successful environmental management strategies such as National Park creation, sensitive urban design as well as management and development for sustainability
The syllabus will address a number of basic issues which are included as learning objectives:
- people are affected by, and respond to natural phenomena in many different ways;
- rapid human growth is the fundamental environmental issue;
- the sustainable use of resources is fundamental to all solutions;
- human beings affect the environment of the whole planet, thus the importance of a global perspective;
- urban environmental issues need to be given an important focus.
How Are Candidates Assessed?
Paper 1 1 hour 30 minutes Lithosphere and Atmosphere Paper 1 is divided into two sections. Section A: short answer questions based on sets of data, diagrams or extracts. Section B: Candidates choose one essay question from a choice of three. Each essay question is in two parts.
Paper 2 1 hour 30 minutes Hydrosphere and Biosphere Paper 2 is divided into two sections. Section A: short answer questions based on sets of data, diagrams or extracts. Section B: Candidates choose one essay question from a choice of three. Each essay question is in two parts.
Paper 3 Coursework (Centre-based assessment) Candidates produce a research report of about 2000 words covering an issue arising during their course of study.