Environmental Science

Level 3 Cambridge Technical

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Availability & Details

Environmental Science - Level 3 Cambridge Technical SF-ENVS3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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This course will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding that you need to succeed in the environmental sector. It can also lead to further study at university once completed. Are you interested in a career as an Environmental Scientist conducting research into pollutants or hazards that may affect human health or the environment? Or maybe you are interested in Ecology and Conservation helping to keep our environment from being destroyed? If so, this is the course for you.

You will need at least 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above and you will need grade 4 or above in Mathematics, English and Double Science (or triple Science).

On this two year course at HSDC South Downs, you will study the following:

Year 1

  • Science Fundamentals
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Analysis and Reporting
  • Control of Hazards in the Laboratory
  • Microbiology
  • Product Testing Techniques

Year 2

  • Sustainability and Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Surveying
  • Environmental Management
  • Waste Management
  • Conservation of Biodiversity

HSDC offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, presentations and group discussions. Practical activities for this course will take place in our onsite laboratories. 

The majority of the units are assessed through the completion of assignments. The units that are externally assessed will have written examinations which include case studies related to the science sector which you will need to apply your knowledge and understanding to.

Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress onto HE at HSDC, to University to study a wide range of courses or an apprenticeship.

Many of the teaching team have vocational expertise in the science industry having worked as Science Technicians previously in a variety of areas. This expertise allows for real-life examples to be used within lessons to support learning. We also have links with some of our local employers through the development of Laboratory Technician apprenticeships. 

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Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

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