Environmental Science National 5

What is special about this course?

Providing a broad and up-to-date selection of ideas relevant to the role of environmental science in society, this National 5 Environmental Science course develops a scientific understanding of environmental issues. 

Throughout this online course you will:

  • Investigate key areas of the living environment such as biodiversity and interdependence
  • Investigate access to and use of resources associated with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere 
  • Investigate issues relating to waste generation and its management
  • Explore sustainability and sustainable development through food, water and energy security

Studying this course will provide you with a good foundation for progression to any Science Higher which is a requirement for many university courses. 

Special Features: 

  • Recognised as a supporting qualification for many institutions offering Teacher Training, Health and Social Care courses
  • You can study part time alongside your employment or another full time course.
  • This course covers all the content of the National 5 course, in preparation for the exam which takes place in May.
  • Develops an understanding of environmental issues and possible solutions to preventing or reversing environmental degradation, and of sustainable practices.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements

Course content includes:

Living environment
The key areas covered are: investigating ecosystems and biodiversity; interdependence; human influences on biodiversity. 

Earth’s resources
The key areas covered are: an overview of Earth systems and their interactions; the 
geosphere; the hydrosphere; the biosphere; the atmosphere.

The key areas covered are: an introduction to sustainability; food; water; energy; waste management


You will be required to purchase a scientific calculator (approx. £10). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

You will study online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with support from your lecturers, however you will be required to attend a prelim, an exam and a practical assignment spread over 3 to 4 days in the evenings.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Online Part time or Face to face (Wednesdays)

Course cost: £352

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.
Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Additional costs

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of this course provides an exit pathway to employment in a laboratory.

Alternatively, you can progress onto the following programmes: 

  • Any Science subject at Higher Level,
  • Laboratory Science at SCQF Level 6 
  • A Foundation Apprenticeship such as Food Manufacturing or Scientific Technologies

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.