Environmental Studies (2440)

This is our outgoing A-level specification, available for re-sits only.

For our current specification see:

AS Environmental Science (7446)

A-level Environmental Science (7447)

In line with Phase 3 specification reform, we are developing a new A-level Environmental Science qualification for first teaching in 2017. This specification is being developed to enhance the new suite of AQA A-level Sciences.

The content will be updated and refreshed from the A-level Environmental Studies specification to reflect the current focus on the sustainability of our planet.

Both AS and A-level qualifications will be available. The AS will be for first certification in 2018 and the A-level for first certification in 2019.

A-level Environmental Studies 2440 gives students in-depth knowledge of, and informed insight into the environment and the processes that control and affect it.

Environmental Studies is a worthwhile choice for students who are particularly interested in studying Biology, Geography and Environmental Science or who are considering a career in ecology, countryside management, wildlife conservation, marine biology and planning.

There are four units in the specification – two at AS Level and two at A2. All the units are assessed by written exam.

A-level Environmental Studies builds on knowledge gained in GCSE Science subjects or Environmental Science. Students who have studied these subjects at GCSE will be well placed to study A-level Environmental Studies.


The last January exams for AS and A2 were in January 2013.
The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type AS and A-level
Specification title Environmental Studies
Specification code 2440
Certification code 1441 AS
2441 A2
QAN codes 50025132

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