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York College

York College offers four extended degree programmes in Environment in partnership with our colleagues at the University of York. The first year of the course is delivered here at York College, with the subsequent three years based at the University of York. If you wish to study these courses you should apply to the University of York via UCAS.

Duration and Attendance

The extended degree programme starts in September and has two semesters of 16 weeks. The course has a value of 120 credits at HE Level Zero (A Level standard). Each module (module details below) will be delivered Monday to Friday during term-time. The programme delivery methods include: tutorials, lectures, practical work, self-study and workshops. Timetables and hours of study will be discussed at interview.

Entry Requirements

This extended degree programme has been designed for students without formal qualifications, or for those who are returning to education. It is also a good option for students who do not have the required subjects at A Level (or equivalent) to be able to progress directly onto a degree programme. The extended degree will enhance your knowledge and skills before progression onto more specialist studies in the later years of the degree programme.

Programme Content

The extended degree programme provides students with opportunities to develop their study skills, enhance their understanding of academic work, gain self-confidence and increase their awareness and understanding of environmental issues.

While at York College you will study 'core' modules which will prepare you with generic skills for the more specialist modules at the University of York:

  • Academic Skills
  • Environmental Study Techniques
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Living Organisms and Environment
  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography - Sustainable Development
  • Individual Project

When you progress to the University of York, there are four options upon completing your foundation year: Environmental Geography, Environmental Science, Environmental Economics and Ecology or Human Geography and Environment. There are further options to spend a year in industry, year overseas and to extend your degree for an additional masters-level year. For full details of all programmes see the University of York website.

BSc Environmental Geography

Environmental Geography focuses on the physical environment and its effect on humans. Understanding the integration of physical and environmental geography has never been more important than it is today to address the environmental challenges facing the world. This programme covers aspects of physical geography such as sea level change, glacial and coastal environments and environmental hazards. It also covers other areas of environmental geography such as biogeography, GIS and sustainability. Importantly, the degree also provides opportunities to study the human impacts on the environment through the study of natural resource management, environmental law and policy and environmental economics.

BSc Environmental Science

There has never been greater need for scientists who understand how the Earth system functions and responds to human activities, and who can apply this knowledge in the broader social and economic context of managing the environment to ensure a sustainable future. Research-led teaching with a multi-disciplinary focus will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to address complex environmental problems such as climate change, air pollution and energy transitions.

BSc Environmental Economics and Ecology

Economic development, population growth, poverty, and globalisation: all place increasing demands on our environment and its resources. Our unique Environment, Economics and Ecology degree will equip you with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to understand and tackle these complex problems.

BA Human Geography and Environment

This degree provides an understanding of contemporary human geography and environmental science. The Human Geography and Environment degree explores real-world problems, such as transportation, urbanisation, food security, mega-cities and their impact on the natural environment.

Where the Programme Leads

The environment field is exciting with expanding job opportunities including:

  • Consultancies and Industry
  • Environmental Agency
  • Town and Country Planning
  • Electricity and Water Companies
  • School or College Teaching (may require a teaching qualification).

A high proportion of the University of York graduates find employment or begin a higher degree within six months of graduating.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770400.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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