National 5 Environmental Science


Outdoor activities including walking

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Environmental scientists are involved in tackling issues such as global climate change, pollution, use of land and water resources, and changes in wildlife habitats.

The National 5 Environmental Science course is practical and develops scientific awareness of environmental issues. It provides a broad and up-to-date selection of ideas relevant to the role of environmental science in society, helping you to develop an understanding of environmental issues and possible solutions to preventing or reversing environmental degradation, and of sustainable practices.

The course provides a range of opportunities for you to investigate key areas of the living environment such as biodiversity and interdependence. Through the Earth’s systems, you will investigate access to and use of resources associated with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere. Sustainability and sustainable development are explored through food, water and energy security, as well as investigating issues relating to waste generation and its management.


Level SCQF 5

Delivery Face to Face | Friday, 9am to 3.30pm

Location Inverness Campus

Duration 1 Year


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You will investigate ecosystems and biodiversity, the living environment, interdependences and human influence on biodiversity; earth's resouces, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere; sustainability including food, water and energy; and waste management.

This course includes fieldwork, so you will need weather appropriate clothing and footwear, including waterproofs.

What next...

Higher Environmental Science

Science Highers Programme


Entry requirements

  • National 4 pass in environmental science, or a related science subject such as biology, chemistry, physics, general science or geography;
  • Demonstrate an interest in the sector.