Year 12 - Environmental Science Unit 3-4


Environmental Science provides the opportunity for students to understand the impacts that humans have on the environments around us and what can be done to minimise this impact.


Unit 3 – How can biodiversity and development be sustained?  

This unit focuses on environmental management through the examination and application of sustainable principles.  We will explore the value and management of the biosphere by examining the concept of biodiversity and the services provided to all living things.  

Unit 4 – How can the impacts of human energy use be reduced?

In this unit you will analyse the social and environmental impacts of energy production and use on society and the environment.  We will explore the complexities of interacting systems of water, air, land and living organisms that influence climate, focusing on both local ad global scales and considering long-term consequences of energy production an use.


Students will be required to purchase the set textbook ‘Issues of Sustainability – Units 3 and 4’.

They will also need the following:

  • Laptop
  • Exercise/notebook
  • Pens, pencils etc.
  • Calculator

Access to resources that will keep students well informed about current environmental issues is strongly advised.


Please note:

Students will participate in many excursions to local environments to conduct fieldwork and complete SAC’s.  There will be a cost associated with some of these excursions.


IMAGE: Port Phillip Bay –  what is it worth to us?