Environmental Science SCQF 5 (Online Virtual Classroom) National 5

What is special about this course?

Successful learners in environmental science think creatively, analyse and solve problems. Environmental science aims to produce responsible citizens, through studying relevant areas such as the living environment, the Earth’s resources and sustainability. Learners will be able to develop their communication and collaborative working skills.

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject, which draws from the sciences and social sciences. The Course is practical and experiential and develops scientific awareness of environmental issues.

This course is designed for students entering rural skills sectors, especially the sub sectors of estate management or sustainable development.

Entry requirements

National 4 Maths plus one other National 4 science subject.


  • Living environment: Investigating ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Interdependence: Food webs
  • Human influences on biodiversity
  • Earth’s resources: An overview of Earth systems and their interactions
  • Geosphere: Rock cycle processes
  • Hydrosphere: Water cycle and uses
  • Biosphere: An overview of nature resources
  • Atmosphere
  • Sustainability 1: Introduction to sustainability
  • Food: An introduction to the farming of food
  • Energy: The impacts of energy and climate change
  • Waste management



Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Online
  • Online Virtual Classroom
  • Wednesday evenings 6pm - 9pm
  • Optional tutorial 5pm - 5.45pm

You will learn online through timetabled classes delivered by a lecturer in a virtual classroom on Microsoft Teams. You’ll use our virtual learning environment to access resources, complete assessments, and chat to your lecturer and classmates. You will have to attend one of our campuses or centres for SQA assessments.


How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

From September to June on Wednesday evenings, 5pm-9pm.

Attendance on two Saturdays is also required.

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    September 2023


    SCQF 4 - 6 Scottish Fee 

    National 4, 5, Highers and Advanced Highers


    A fee waiver could be available to help with the payment of your course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our fee waiver guidance to see if you are eligible.  

    Fees are payable at the time of enrolment each academic year. Please get in touch with accountsreceivable.nwh@uhi.ac.uk if you have any further questions. 

    Additional costs 

    Some of your assessments may require you to attend a college centre or other approved centre. This travel will be at your own expense but we will discuss these details with you throughout your application.


    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Path 1: Progress on to Higher Environmental Science.

    Path 2: Consider a college course with a focus on working within the outdoor environment.

    Path 3: Enter Higher Environmental Science and then move on to HNC/HND or a Degree in Sustainable Development or Estate Management.

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