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Environmental Sciences BSc

Course code

F850, F852

F852 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time with placement

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,250

International £17,355

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)

DDD (BTEC)

29 (IB)

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Overview

Our global temperature has increased to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. What is the impact of this and what will happen if it continues to rise? Studying Environmental Sciences at Brunel will give you the foundation you need to pursue a career that makes a difference to our planet.

At Brunel you’ll develop your scientific skills in the classroom, laboratory and through field work. You’ll attend residential field trips in the UK and abroad. Our current trips take students to Dorset and Tenerife.

Your first year will bring together many different disciplines. You’ll use physical, chemical and biological knowledge to develop an understanding of the Earth’s environment.

Your course is based on the 15 “most wanted skills” identified from a national employer’s survey by the Natural Environment Research Council. This means that in addition to studying scientific topics, you’ll learn to use computer programs such as GIS, you’ll perform data analysis and be trained in areas such as public engagement, communication, leadership and teamwork.

You'll also have the option to carry out a placement as part of your degree, giving you the experience to create a stand-out CV. The Environmental Sciences BSc offers a unique compressed degree where you can carry out two placements within your three year degree during summer vacations, where you’ll earn a graduate level salary. You can also carry out a one year placement between years two and three, as part of a four year degree.

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Course content

In year one you’ll be bringing together different subjects to help you to understand the effect on the environment. You’ll be using theoretical, practical and field-based approaches.

In year two you’ll learn about humans’ impact on the environment over time. You’ll study climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, land-use change and sustainability and you’ll investigate the effect of these on human health.

In year three you’ll analyse and evaluate solutions to environmental problems. Your optional topics can enable you to focus on a theme of your choice and even a specific career route.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time with placement, 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Career opportunities related to the environment are increasing in the public, private and charitable sectors. After completing the course you will be equipped with the skills to pursue a career in environmental protection; environmental management and consultancy; environmental compliance and sustainability; or environmental research. 

You may wish to work as an environmental practitioner, an environmental analyst or an environmental manager. Some of our graduates choose to go on to do postgraduate research or study: there is a vibrant research environment within Environmental Sciences at Brunel and we are a member of the Natural Environment Research Council’s London Doctoral Training Partnership.

Our Leadership for Sustainability module ensures that students are addressing their employability and professional development as well as engaging with the skills they require.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC, to include a grade B in a Science, Environmental, or Maths subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject with an A-level at grade B in a Science, Environmental, or Maths subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with two A-levels at grades BB, to include a Science, Environmental or, Maths subject.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points, including a 5 in Higher Level Higher Level Science, Engineering, or Maths subject.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related Access to Higher Education Diploma course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Merit or above in all units.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79( min R18, L17, S20, W17)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£17,355 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught by Environmental Scientists whose research into exposure to harmful chemicals has changed government attitudes and policy. The Environmental Sciences team at Brunel are previous winners of the Queens Anniversary Prize for two decades of pioneering research. This means that our award-winning lecturers will bring their experience, passion and renowned expertise to your lectures.

The course is based around four key teaching and learning practices:

Knowledge – through lectures and online materials you’ll learn about environmental systems and the ways in which humans interact with them.

Synthesis and creativity – You’ll be presented with environmental challenges and guided on creating evidence-based solutions

Application – this is the practical part of your degree. This will include sessions in the field, laboratories or computer labs.

Real world – our residential field trips will give you the opportunity to apply your learning in real-world situations. You’ll be able to apply the techniques and knowledge you have learned.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment will take the form of written coursework, presentations, written exams, online exams and laboratory and field based assignments.

 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.