Why choose AS Level Environmental Management?

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

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.

Syllabus aims

Through following this syllabus, candidates should;

  1. Develop a knowledge of the Earth’s natural systems and the effects of human activity on these systems.
  2. Be challenged to think about important environmental problems which face the world today.
  3. Understand that solutions to environmental issues are not easy to find.
  4. Recognise that the environment is an important social and political issue.
  5. Understand that whilst environmental issues can be debated by government, non-government and scientific organisations, there is an important role for individuals in thinking about these issues and in considering solutions. 

The syllabus will address a number of basic issues which are included as learning objectives;

  1. People are affected by, and respond to natural phenomena in many different ways.
  2. Rapid human growth is the fundamental environmental issue.
  3. The sustainable use of resources is fundamental to all solutions.
  4. Human beings affect the environment of the whole planet, thus the importance of a global perspective.
  5. Urban environmental issues need to be given an important focus.