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If you wish to study this course you must apply to the University of York via UCAS:
UCAS code: YORK F850 BSc/ES

The BSc Environmental Science course is delivered 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 being at the University of York.

Duration and Attendance

The course 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 new 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/grades at A Level (or equivalent) to be able to progress on to a degree/foundation degree programme. The extended degree will enhance your underpinning knowledge and skills before progression on to more specialist studies in the later years of the course.

Programme Content

The course provides students with opportunities to develop their study skills, understanding of academic work, self-confidence, together with awareness and understanding of environmental issues.

While at York College you will study 'core' modules:

  • Academic Skills
  • Personal Development
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Geographical Information Systems

In the second semester you will study:

  • Environmental Information Systems
  • Living Organisms and Environment
  • Physical Geography: Time and Change
  • Human Geography and Sustainability Project

When you progress to the University of York, there are three fascinating options upon completing your foundation year: Environmental Science, Environmental Geography or Environmental Economics and Ecology.

Environmental Science

In order to solve environmental problems, it is essential that we understand the science underpinning the major issues such as climate change, air pollution and water quality. The Environmental Science degree at York provides you with the necessary aspects of chemistry, physics, biology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy and ecology to train you to make informed judgements in your later career. This degree programme will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to develop your understanding of:

• The science underpinning climate change and how we can adapt
• Energy use and efficiency and how we move to a renewable future
• The pathways of chemicals and pathogens through our environment
• The impact of pollutants on ecosystems
• How to formulate and test hypotheses through research
• Food and water security.

From the first week of your course you will analyse environmental issues in depth. The course will expand your scientific knowledge, laboratory, analytical and reporting skills and develop key transferable skills in IT, data analysis and decision-making. The flexibility of our programme allows you to specialise increasingly in an area of your choosing as you move through the degree programme.

Year 1

The Earth: An Introduction to the Science of the Atmosphere, Crust and Oceans
Tools and Techniques for Studying the Environment
Economics for the Environment
Current Topics in Environmental Science
Ecological Principles for the Environment
Environment field project

Year 2

Energy and Environment
Climate Change: Science, Observation and Impacts
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Biology
Field course
Geographical Information Systems
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Ecosystems and the Environment
Population and Community Ecology
Earth Processes and Landforms
Applied Ecology and Environmental Management

Year 3

Research project
Physical and chemical processes
Atmospheric Change
Pollution Control and Waste Management
Environment Systems Project
Ocean and Coastal Processes
Soil Science
Environmental change
Environment and Health
Agriculture, Environment and Food Security
Environmental Change and Ecosystem Dynamics
Sea Level Change
Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Climate Change
Sustainable ecosystems
Global Change Ecology
Wildlife Conservation and Management
Coastal Zone Management
Forest Management
Environment, Law and Policy

Environmental Geography

This degree integrates knowledge of physical processes and landforms with key environmental issues. Our modular degree course covers subjects such as sea level change and mountain environments as well as environmental management, ecology and soil science. The degree provides opportunities to study human impacts on the environment through natural resource management, environmental law and policy and economics.

This programme will develop your skills and knowledge to understand:

  • Physical processes and landforms
  • Geology and the development of landscape
  • Environmental and human consequences of global warming
  • Topical environmental issues such as tectonics, tsunamis, mudslides and volcanoes
  • Population impact on natural environmental resources
  • Climate impact on biodiversity conservation

Year 1

The Earth: An Introduction to the Science of the Atmosphere, Crust and Oceans
Tools and Techniques for Studying the Environment
Economics for the Environment
Introduction to Environmental Geography
Ecological Principles for the Environment
Environment field project

Year 2

Energy and Environment
Earth Processes and Landforms
Geographical Information Systems
Food, Space, Culture and Society
Field course
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Environmental Biology
Ecosystems and the Environment
Population and Behavioural Ecology
Climate Change: Science, Observation and Impacts
Applied Ecology and Environmental Management

Year 3

Research project
Physico-chemical environment
Atmospheric Change
Environment and Health
Pollution Control and Waste Management
Environment Systems Project
Global Change Ecology
Soil Science
Dynamic earth
Environmental Change and Ecosystem Dynamics
Sea Level Change
Hydrology and Landform
Physical Geography Field Trip
Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Climate Change
Ocean and Coastal Processes
Sustainable ecosystems
Agriculture, Environmental and Food Security
Wildlife Conservation and Management
Coastal Zone Management
Forest Management
Environment, Law and Policy
Sustainable Societies
Dynamics of Social-Ecological Systems

Environmental Economics and Ecology

In order to solve environmental problems, it is essential that we understand the science underpinning the major issues such as climate change, air pollution and water quality. The Environmental Science degree at York University provides you with the necessary aspects of chemistry, physics, biology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy and ecology to train you to make informed judgements in your later career. This degree programme will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to develop your understanding of:

• The science underpinning climate change and how we can adapt
• Energy use and efficiency and how we move to a renewable future
• The pathways of chemicals and pathogens through our environment
• The impact of pollutants on ecosystems
• How to formulate and test hypotheses through research
• Food and water security.

From the first week of your course you will analyse environmental issues in depth. The course will expand your scientific knowledge, laboratory, analytical and reporting skills and develop key transferable skills in IT, data analysis and decision-making. The flexibility of our programme allows you to specialise increasingly in an area of your choosing as you move through the degree programme.

Year 1

• The Earth: An Introduction to the Science of the Atmosphere, Crust and Oceans
• Tools and Techniques for Studying the Environment
• Economics for the Environment
• Current Topics in Environmental Science
• Ecological Principles for the Environment
• Environment field project

Year 2

• Energy and Environment
• Climate Change: Science, Observation and Impacts
• Environmental Chemistry
• Environmental Biology
• Field course
• Geographical Information Systems
• Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
• Ecosystems and the Environment
• Population and Community Ecology
• Earth Processes and Landforms
• Applied Ecology and Environmental Management

Year 3

• Research project
• Physical and chemical processes
• Atmospheric Change
• Pollution Control and Waste Management
• Environment Systems Project
• Ocean and Coastal Processes
• Soil Science
• Environmental change
• Environment and Health
• Agriculture, Environment and Food Security
• Environmental Change and Ecosystem Dynamics
• Sea Level Change
• Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Climate Change
• Sustainable ecosystems
• Global Change Ecology
• Wildlife Conservation and Management
• Coastal Zone Management
• Forest Management
• Environment, Law and Policy

Course modules may change. Check the departmental website for up-to-date course information: www.york.ac.uk/environment

Assessment Methods

All modules are continuously assessed (essays, laboratory reports, field trip or workshop reports) to give you feedback on how you are doing together with examinations. Some modules are assessed only on coursework.

It is necessary to successfully pass each year in order to progress on to the next year. Successful completion of all four years will result is a BSc (Hons) Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Geography or Environmental Economics and Environmental Management. 

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.

Additional Information/Cost

Funding information can be found at the website of the University of York.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk 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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