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University of Portsmouth

Environmental Science

UCAS Code: F900

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

Entry requirements


104-120 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 C.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48, to include a Principal Subject in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at M3.

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

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 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

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

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

D*D*

Must be in a Science based subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

Must be in a Science based subject.

104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers, with a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics) at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics).

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About this course


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

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

6 years | Part-time | 2019

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.

Accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), 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 in conservation, sustainability, underwater exploration and environmental consultancy after the course.

**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, the Isle of Wight, Malta, Cyprus 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 on a topic such as health and safety, ethics, or resource management

- 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, USA, Romania, Ukraine, Tenerife, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Zakynthos and Iceland.

**Work experience and career planning**
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build links in the industry.

**Placement year**
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Students have completed work placements at top organisations, including:

- Leap Environmental

- Mott MacDonald

- Enitial

**Careers and opportunities**
After the course, you could go on to work in areas such as environmental consultancy, pollution monitoring, control and assessment, research, conservation, planning, and addressing sustainability issues.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- geographical information scientist

- environmental consultant

- spatial analyst

- coastal process scientist

- postgraduate study

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.

**Professional accreditations**
This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and gives you automatic Student Membership status while you study, allowing progression to Associate Membership when you graduate. With appropriate experience in the industry, you can usually achieve Full Membership within 1 year and Chartership within a further 4–5 years.

Modules

In the first year of your studies, you will be introduced to a wide range of environmental topics and issues. You’ll also have the option to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Marine Environmental Science after your first year. The second year allows you to focus upon particular areas of interest as topics become more specialised. Your third year will give you another selection of specialised units, as well as enabling you to develop environmental assessment techniques. This is also the year of your final project and there are plenty of opportunities for you to gain valuable research experience.

Assessment methods

Assessment is a mix of coursework and exams. However, your coursework can take a variety of forms including field work or lab notebook recordings, reports, site surveys, computer-based exercises, environmental data analysis, posters, projects and 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
£15,900
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

TEF rating:

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What students say


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

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

£20,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
med
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
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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

Environmental sciences

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

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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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