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University of Portsmouth

Environmental Science

UCAS Code: F900

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, with a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at grade B.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-54, to include a Principal Subject in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at M2.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics). 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

Must be in a Science based subject.

112-128 Tariff points to include a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics).

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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Environmental sciences

**Overview**
From climate change to depleting natural resources, our planet faces many challenges. Environmental scientists stand on the front line in tackling these issues. If you want to join them, this is the course for you.

On this BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree course, you’ll explore how the environment is changing and what steps we're taking to minimise our impact on it. You’ll use the latest tech to analyse pollutants, soil structure and water quality and go on plenty of field trips to put your skills to work outside of the classroom.

This course is your first step towards professional certification as an Environmental Scientist. The Government is putting sustainability at the heart of policy making. So your skills will be in high demand for a wide range of Master’s, PhD’s and jobs within the environmental sector including academia, business or Government positions. 

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course you’ll:
- Examine the physical and social aspects of environmental issues and develop practical skills to carry out your own environmental research

- Get experience in our environmental labs using the same techniques employed by the world’s leading environmental researchers, including plasma spectrometry and electron microscopy

- Make use of teaching and research facilities at the internationally renowned Institute of Marine Sciences

- Go on field trips to locations such as Somerset, Isle of Wight, Malta, Portugal, Malaysia and Belize

- Develop leadership and teamworking skills by working on group projects in the field and in the lab

- Take advantage of our waterside location with boats available for marine excursions and the option to learn scientific and technical diving in a PADI-certified unit

- Do a final year independent project considering the ethical issues connected to the project and health and safety documentation

- Have the opportunity to study abroad at institutions including Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Universite du Havre, (Le Havre, France) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland)

- On this course, you can do your final year project abroad. Previous students have gone to Brazil, Canada, the USA, Romania, Ukraine, Tenerife, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Zakynthos and Iceland.

**Careers and opportunities**
After the course, you could go on to study Master’s PhD’s, work in academia, business and Government in a wide range of environmental specialties such as, conservation, pollution monitoring and control, waste management, sustainability, audit and assessment, climate change and energy resources.

**What jobs can you do with an Environmental Science degree?**
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- Environmental chemist

- Environmental consultant

- Geographic information scientist

- Conservation officer

- Waste Management Manager

- Environmental Policy officer

- Hydrologist

- Climate change modeller

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Ecology
- Plants and Human Impact
- Environmental Systems
- Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography
- Planet Earth
- Quantitative Methods
- Science for Earth Systems

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Environmental Chemistry and Monitoring
- Environmental Fieldwork and Professional Skills
- GIS And Remote Sensing
- Research Design and Data Analysis

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Energy Resources
- Environmental Change
- Hydrology and Flood Hazard Assessment
- Hydrology and Freshwater Ecosystems
- Introduction to Teaching
- Practical Boating Skills
- Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques

Placement year (optional):

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Environmental Science Dissertation
- Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
- Environmental Audit and Assessment

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- European Study Tour
- Tropical Study Tour
- Environmental Conservation
- Climate Change

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through field work or lab notebook recordings, reports, site surveys, computer-based exercises, oral presentation and essays posters, presentations.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

After graduation


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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.

£20,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
43%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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