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Environmental Science

Entry requirements


Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

We may consider advanced entry HND/HNC students for direct entry to year two.

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Environmental sciences

Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.

**Course summary**
- Develop your practical skills in the laboratory and through fieldwork.

- Apply your learning to real-world problems throughout your course and during optional placement opportunities.

- Prepare for a successful future career by developing your employability skills alongside your environmental knowledge.

On this course, you’ll have opportunities to apply your learning in the real world — in the laboratory, on field trips and during project work. You’ll develop your knowledge and skills, helping you to prepare for a wide range of future careers.

**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.

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.

Our enthusiastic staff have all worked or researched in the field of environmental science. We’re experts in our field, and we’ll support you to become an active, self-directed learner and member of the community. We do this by using applied learning methods that connect theory to practice in a range of learning environments – both in-person and online. So when it’s time to graduate, you’ll be prepared for whatever future you choose.

You learn through

- fieldwork and field visits

- laboratory classes

- practical IT classes

- lectures and seminars

- workshops and tutorials

- independent study

- a professional experience project

- an independent research project

**Applied learning
Work placements**

Gain real-world experience by undertaking a work placement between your second and final years. Not only will you develop your skills – you’ll build a valuable professional network.

You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme. We have an array of exciting international study exchange agreements in countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, Italy and Norway.

**Field trips**

Fieldwork is an integral part of your degree, helping you learn new skills and apply your knowledge in different environments. These opportunities are embedded in modules across all three years of your course. You may explore urban environments, for example, measuring air quality, investigating urban greenspace, and observing environmental infrastructure in Sheffield City Centre. You may visit local parks, gardens, woodland and rivers, learning about these environments before undertaking your own practical activities. You may visit the Peak District, learning about conservation ecology, habitat management, hydrology and managing protected landscapes.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend residential field trips which focus on different environmental themes. Recent destinations include Amsterdam (sustainable cities and urban ecology), Iceland (glaciology and hydrology), the Lake District (landscape monitoring and management), and Snowdonia (managing natural environments).

**Networking opportunities**

Throughout your degree, you’ll work with and learn from a wide range of professionals and graduates. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with external organisations throughout your degree, including during your ‘professional experience’ project. The course also connects with the professional world through the course accreditations.

Modules

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 can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Environmental Protection 20
Fieldwork And Professional Skills In Environmental Science 20
Introduction To Environmental Science 20
Introduction To Physical Geography 20
Life On Earth 20

Elective modules

Development And Sustainability 20
Foreign Language 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules

International Field Work 20
Professional Experience 20
Research Methods In Environmental, Geographical And Social Sciences 20

Elective modules

Conservation Ecology 20
Energy, Waste And Resources 20
Fluvial Geomorphology And Hydrology 20
Foreign Language 20
Geographical Information Systems 20
Glaciers And Glaciation 20
Outdoor Learning For The Environment And Geography 20
Sustainable Settlements 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Placement

Final year

Elective modules

Advanced Field Research 20
Advanced Gis 20
Atmospheric And Water Quality 20
Conservation And Habitat Management 20
Contaminated Land And Remediation 20
Environmental Impact Assessment & Management Systems 20
Foreign Language 20
Natural Hazards 20
Past Environmental Change 20
People And The Natural Environment 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,415
per year
International
£14,415
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Social Sciences and Arts

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Environmental sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Environmental sciences

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Environmental sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Customer service occupations
10%
Other elementary services occupations
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Geography, earth and environmental studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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