Environmental Science

Science is an important part of our everyday lives. Through learning about Environmental Science, pupils develop their interest and understanding of the natural world and how humans can impact on the environment for both good and bad.

Course Content Outline:

Living Environment

  • Interdependence
  • Adaptation for survival
  • Impact of population growth and natural hazards on biodiversity
  • Nitrogen cycle.
  • Environmental impact of fertilisers.

Earth’s Resources

  • Responsible use and conservation of non-renewable and renewable resources.
  • Formation and use of fossil fuels.
  • Derivation and uses of materials derived from crude oil.
  • Risks and benefits of different energy sources, including those produced from plants.
  • The carbon cycle.
  • Processes involved in maintaining the balance of gases in the air.
  • Causes and implications of changes in the balance.


  • Sustainability of key natural resources and possible implications for human activity.
  • The interaction between humans and the environment and the impact of human activity on an area.
  • The role of agriculture in the production of food and raw material and its environmental impacts and sustainability
  • Society’s energy needs.
  • Impact of developments in transport infrastructure in a selected area and development of sustainable systems.

For more information visit the SQA Environmental Science webpage: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45726.html

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