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This AS Level syllabus develops scientific knowledge and understanding of global environmental issues and theories, and of the policies and strategies for managing the environment. The course covers the sustainable use and management of resources, and strategies that aim to protect environments. Learners will interpret and analyse data and do investigative work. Case studies allow teachers to choose their own examples to investigate, which may be local, regional or global.
Although Cambridge International AS Level Environmental Management extends and complements the relevant Cambridge O Level and Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses, learners do not need to have studied the subject before starting the course.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We have worked with teachers and universities around the world to update this syllabus as part of our on-going review process. Following the review, we have made some changes to this syllabus for examination from 2022.
To make this subject clearer and easier to teach we have:
The 2022-2024 assessment will give candidates a good foundation for progression to university level study and includes the following changes:
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2022 onwards. Please see the 2022-2024 syllabus above for full details.
Look out for materials to help you teach the syllabus including:
These materials will be available on our School Support Hub.
Environmental Management for Cambridge International AS Level (Cambridge University Press)
Help your students uncover methods of sustainable development and explore the impact humans can have on complex ecosystems. These resources support you and your class through the Cambridge International AS Level Environmental Management syllabus (8291). Hone learners’ analysis, evaluation, and problem-solving skills through enquiry-led tasks and critical thinking opportunities, enabling them to consider environmental impacts over time at both a local and global scale.
Read more on the Cambridge University Press website
For some subjects, the syllabus states that grade descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020, 2021 or 2022.
Publication of grade descriptions was paused in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the grading standard that have been in place for 2020, 2021 and 2022. We are currently working on producing these grade descriptions. This work will make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the more stable grading standard that we expect to have in place for June 2023 onwards.
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