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Environmental Science, BSc

University of Sheffield, the United Kingdom

University of Sheffield

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About Environmental Science, BSc - at University of Sheffield

Environmental science is a broad and multidisciplinary subject exploring processes that impact the wide range of ecosystems and environments on Earth. The course at Sheffield was one of the first degree programmes of its kind to be established in the subject.

In recent years, awareness about the complexity of the natural environment and the impacts of human activity has accelerated. This has led to the growth of environmental science as a major international discipline helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our planet.

Environmental issues represent a pressing concern for global government, businesses and societies, and there is a high demand for environmental specialists in all these areas. Sheffield remains at the forefront of the subject. This is demonstrated by our graduates who are pursuing careers in industry, research, conservation, ecology and many other sectors across the world.

Our interdisciplinary approach enables you to be taught by experts in the field. You'll have the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your interests and study modules that span the environmental sciences and focus on research specialisms such as global environmental change, conservation, sustainability and environmental quality and technology.

The first year of the BSc includes modules in geography, earth science and biology. These modules explore the range of physical environments and ecosystems and provide the foundation for the rest of your course. In the second and third years, you'll build on what you've learned with more specialised study of environmental science.

Practical work and field classes are an essential part of the course. Third year students typically carry out an extended research project in the lab or in the field.

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Our current courses are accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) until 2026. Accreditation means that our courses are of high quality and provide excellent standards of professional development. Students are eligible to become student members of the IES - the first step toward achieving Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status.

Entry requirements

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

including a science subject

A Levels + additional qualifications: BBB, including a science subject + B in the EPQ; BBB, including a science subject + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate: 33, with 5 in a Higher Level science subject
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD in a relevant subject
BTEC Diploma: DD + B in an A Level science subject
Scottish Highers: + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B in a science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels: B + AB, including a science subject
Access to HE Diploma: Award of
Access to HE Diploma: in a relevant subject, with 45 credits a
T Level: 3, including 30 at Distinction (to include units in science) and 15 at Merit

Routes for mature students

Other requirements
  • Science subjects include Geography, Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Further Maths, Geology, Maths, Physics, or Statistics
  • GCSE Maths grade 4/C

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