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Environmental Technology


  • Mr G McKenna (Co-ordinator Environmental Technology)
  • Mr M McLaughlin
  • Mr Noel Keenan (Physics technician)


The CCEA GCE Environmental Technology specification highlights the need to manage our planet’s resources more effectively. Students explore how our society will move towards to a more sustainable way of living.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

In the AS units, students explore in detail the use of wind, solar and biomass technologies to generate power. They also produce a technical report based on a scenario by investigating the installation and use of renewable energy sources.

Students who continue to A2 investigate the theory and practice behind enhancing the environmental performance of buildings. They also produce a technical report based on the nine elements of the Code for Sustainable Homes.


The specification has four units:

  • Unit AS 1: The Earth’s Capacity to Support Human Activity
  • Unit AS 2: Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Unit A2 1: Building and Managing a Sustainable Future
  • Unit A2 2: Environmental Building Performance and Measurement.

In AS the Unit 1 external exam and Unit 2 technical report are split 50% each.

In the A2 course the Unit 1 external exam and Unit 2 technical report are split 50% each.

Split between AS and A2:

For pupils that undertake the A2 course the weighting of the overall GCE A Level is now:

AS Level 40%

A2 Level 60%

Applied A Level:

This GCE is an Applied A Level. It has been accepted by Ulster and Queens in the past as an equivalent A Level by past pupils in the college; however, you are highly recommended to email your selected university/ universities of choice and get in writing that this Applied A Level is accepted for your specific degree.


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