Ecology

Designed to support progression onto an environmental related degree, this unique programme combines A Levels with significant hands-on experience.

If you’re passionate about protecting the environment and dream of a career where you can make a real difference to the world, this pathway could be for you.

On this pathway, you’ll have the opportunity to achieve the A Levels needed to continue onto university to study subjects such as environmental science, conservation, sustainability and ecology at degree level.

You can choose three A Levels from the five on offer:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Maths

Alongside A Levels, you’ll be undertaking a range of environmental, ecological and conservation projects. You will be involved in practical activities such as bat, badger and deer surveys; conserving wildlife; butterfly releases; maintaining wildflower meadows; researching energy use; water and land management; monitoring weather changes; clearing out watercourses and maintaining our ancient woodlands.

At the end of this programme, you won’t just be leaving with valuable qualifications. You will have a wealth of practical experience and rich examples of how you’ve really made a difference to the environment, perfect for showcasing your skills and commitment to employers and universities.

Environmental issues are among some of the biggest challenges facing our planet today. Now more than ever, the natural world needs protecting.

Opportunities within the environmental sector are rapidly growing. Nearly 70,000 people work within environmental conservation roles in the UK, with 2,500 job openings per year and a further 3.2% growth expected by 2026.

Careers in this sector are diverse, spanning areas from conservation and sustainability to environmental research and education. Possible job roles include environmental protection manager, ecologist, conservation officer, sustainability consultant, water quality scientist, marine biologist and many more.

Sam
Sam, Countryside Management Level 3 The best factor on my course is how “hands on” you are in the environment and you see your positive influence in the environment.
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