GCSE Science

During year 10 and 11 students will study GCSE Environmental and Land Based Sciences if they decide to study science at key stage 4.

Course Overview

Environmental and Land Based Sciences is an introduction to science that relates to the environment and the commercial use of land. This course best suits the vocational learner who is looking to explore the skills needed for work in these sectors.

This GCSE science course takes a hands on approach to learning. It is a great foundation for students to progress to more advanced studies and science related careers. This course is well regarded for its proven work related teaching approach to science.


Unit B681: Management of the National Environment:

  1. Environmental issues.
  2. Relationship of the soil to the animals and plants it supports.
  3. Human activities and energy requirements and the effects on the environment.
  4. Traditional and alternative food production.

Unit B682: Plant Cultivation and Small Animal Care

  1. Issues relating to the care and maintenance of plants in the home, the garden and at school.
  2. Issues relating to the care and maintenance of animals in the home, the garden and at school.

Unit B684: Environmental and Land-Based Science Controlled Assessment portfolio

Element 1: Practical Scientific Skills presented as an annotated photo diary with a critical reflection. 4 set tasks.

Element 2: Scientific Investigation based on one or more of the topics studied within the selected units.

Element 3: Work related report.


Exam board: OCR

Offered in Foundation and Higher Tiers

Unit B681: 1 hour test paper (20%)

Unit B682: 1 hour test paper (20%)

Unit B684: Candidates compile a portfolio (60%):

Element 1: Practical skills tasks

Element 2: Investigative project

Element 3: Work related activity/enterprise


The qualification can lead to a variety of opportunities and can be used to gain entry onto agricultural, forestry and game keeping apprenticeships. This qualification can also help students to gain entry onto A – level and vocational courses if they decide to carry on their studies post 16.

The UK is one of the leading agricultural nations in terms of food output per hectare of land and also in its use of technology and science to increase food production. The world is growing and food production will continue to be the most important aspect of a countries development. We will always need farmers and growers and you could be one of them.