By Hibah Khan|
April 21, 2022|
2 min read
Next week, a new natural history GCSE will be introduced, focusing on how students can protect the environment.
The qualification will be available beginning in September 2025, according to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, who will make the announcement this Thursday.
According to the Department for Education, the qualification will allow students to learn about organisms and their environments, as well as environmental and sustainability issues, in order to “to gain a deeper knowledge of the natural world around them.”
Pupils will also gain skills for future conservation careers, “from understanding how to conserve local wildlife to conducting the fieldwork needed to identify species,” according to the DfE. The qualification will teach students about organisms and their environments, alongside teaching them about environmental and sustainability issues we are currently facing.
Students already learn about environmental issues through the study of urbanisation in geography and habitats in science, but the government claims that the new course will “go further” in teaching them about the history and evolution of species, the impact of life on natural environments, and how they are changing and evolving.
The new GCSE is one of the first new GCSEs to be introduced since the GCSE qualification reform in 2017.
According to the Department for Education, the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy will help “young people develop excellent knowledge of STEM and practical opportunities to improve biodiversity and climate resilience.”
Mary Colwell, an environmentalist based in the UK, has been campaigning endlessly to make this happen for the past 11 years with Caroline Lucas, the former leader of the Green Party. They both shared their excitement via Twitter on Sunday.
We are thrilled to see the Department of Education take these necessary steps in teaching our youth these important and valuable lessons on the environment. If you would like to read more about the new climate change GCSE click here.