Why choose to study GCSE Environmental Management?

GCSE Environmental Management is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of issues concerning sustainable development and how the earth’s resources are used.

Students studying this syllabus:

  • draw upon disciplines such as biology, earth science, geography, economics and anthropology;
  • consider the interdependence of the earth’s natural systems, and how people use natural resources;
  • examine the impact of development on the environment considering issues such as environmental pollution and resource depletion;
  • explore ways in which we may change the nature of future development to make it more sustainable.

Environmental Management is concerned not only with the impact of humankind on the planet but also with the patterns of human behaviour necessary to preserve and manage the environment in a self-sustaining way. Study is linked to the areas of new thinking in environmental management, environmental economics and the quest for alternative technologies. Classroom studies and optional coursework allow candidates to obtain a local as well as a global perspective. Environmental Management recognises that human behaviour towards the environment is guided by the survival needs, perceptions and values of people. Underlying the syllabus there is a recognition that cultural, social and political attitudes directly influence the economy of nature. A core principle of the syllabus is that sustainability will only be achieved by changes in the ways in which people think and make decisions. A course in Environmental Management therefore calls upon young people to be participants in defining the future of their world.

How Are Candidates Assessed?

Paper 1 Theory (1 hour 45 minutes) The paper will consist of two sections: Section A Short-answer and structured questions. (20 marks) Section B Short-answer and extended response questions based on related source material. (60 marks) [80 marks]

Paper 2 Management in context (1 hour 45 minutes) A written paper consisting of short-answer, data processing and analysis, and extended response questions based on source material. Candidates will be expected to make use of information from the source material to help illustrate issues of environmental management. [80 marks]

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