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Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Code: AA06 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Access course in a relevant subject from an Open College Network accredited course with 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4; Mathematics at grade C or 4.

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This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC-BBB at A Level including a relevant subject(s). DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject. Merit overall from a T Level Qualification in a relevant subject. A combination of qualifications, which must include a relevant subject(s) and may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2024

Other options

4 years | Full-time | 2024


Environmental sciences

**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information**

**Course summary**
- Study the drivers and impacts of the climate emergency, combining multidisciplinary approaches to explore solutions for a sustainable future

- Gain anti-colonial, global perspectives of the varied dimensions of sustainability challenges, from environmental science, ecology, policy and social science

- Combine work placements and innovative classroom learning to develop applied analytical skills for sustainable environmental management

- Build your network with ethical business leaders, international partners and voluntary organisations

This applied course will prepare you to tackle global challenges, with specialist knowledge in topics of critical importance. You'll become a catalyst of change, harnessing practical skills relevant to business, the public sector, research and non-governmental organisations.

This course is professionally accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course you’re able to specialise in critical areas for green careers, building your education around your ambitions. Crucially, the course is centred on applied, real-world experience, developed through employers, international partnerships, and civic activities within the local community.

Learning and assessment is focused on hands-on, skills-based learning – taking a positive, solutions-based approach to the existential challenges posed by complex connections between the natural world and society. You’ll benefit from both classroom and real-world training – preparing yourself to face a future that demands urgent action.

High-quality teaching will be delivered by academics who conduct cutting-edge research – many of whom have professional experience in the environmental sector. Their specialisms include social patterns of resource consumption, rewilding and ecology, and environmental geoscience.

You learn through:
- Outdoor learning

- Work placements

- Site visits

- Laboratory work

- Residential field trips

- Workshops

- Seminars

- IT sessions

- Lectures

- Online learning

- Debates and discussions

**Key themes**
This course is designed to ignite your passion for change. With inclusion at its core, the course takes an anti-colonial, international approach to climate, sustainability and environment teaching and learning. By bringing together natural and social sciences, you’ll explore a range of interconnected themes crucial to understanding and addressing the climate and biodiversity emergencies.

Pathway themes include:
- Energy, resources and consumption

- Environmental change

- Sustainable societies

- Nature’s recovery

Within these themes, topics include the energy transition, conservation and habitat management, adaptation and mitigation for a low-carbon future, sustainable waste and resource management, social and environmental justice, and disaster risk reduction.

You’ll also have the opportunity to study and work abroad, with the possibility of funding through the Turing Scheme.

**Course-level support**
At every level of study, students are given the opportunity to thrive, culturally, personally and professionally. Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:
- Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development

- Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments

- Access to support, resources, employer events and opportunities from your Careers & Employability Team


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

**Year 1**
**Compulsory modules**

Building A Sustainable Future
How Did We Get Here? Climate Change From Deep Time To The Anthropocene
Skills And Tools For Tackling Global Environmental Challenges
Under Pressure – The Impacts Of The Climate Crisis

**Year 2**
**Compulsory modules**

Climate Change And Sustainability In Research And Practice
Fieldwork For Global Challenges
Global Climate Emergency
Leave No One Behind: Just Transitions To A Sustainable Future

**Year 3**
**Compulsory modules**


**Final year**
**Compulsory modules**

Independent Discovery And Communication
Living Well In A Low Carbon Future
Living With Hazard And Risk
Nature Recovery And Sustainable Resource Management

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