Environmental Management IGCSE is offered by CIE and is available to external candidates. Some members of the HE Exams group are studying for this qualification currently.
Qualification ref for CIE is 0680.
"Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management is concerned with education for sustainable development in a world where the security of resources and life-sustaining systems is endangered by human impact. The syllabus draws upon disciplines such as biology, earth science, geography, economics and anthropology.
It starts with the interdependence of the Earth's natural systems and how people use natural resources, and moves on to examine the impact of development on the environment. Issues such as environmental pollution and resource depletion are examined, but the view of them is forward looking, to see how we may change the nature of development towards future sustainability."
The ideal candidate for this course is someone with a good general knowledge and a keen interest in current affairs, especially environmental news. They need good reading and research skills and the ability to draw graphs/interpret tables etc, as this is a small part of the exam. They don’t need to be able to write in perfect grammatical English and the longest answers are just 6 marks each, the majority being 2 marks, so lots of short answers.
There is some overlap with Geography, Biology and even Economics, so if a student is also studying those subjects, they will find this very straightforward. There are two new textbooks to choose from which prepare students for the latest specification.
The subtitle for this exam is Sustainable Development and I think that’s actually a more fitting title. Great for anyone who cares about the world and those who inhabit it, especially its poorest people. Dorothy Murphy’
Another parent writes, "I would recommend the Cambridge University Press Coursebook by Gary Skinner et al. for this subject. It's very well written. There's an accompanying Workbook you can buy separately. We are using the workbook alongside the coursebook. It was a surprise to find that the answers are not in the back of the workbook, though! They're on the Teacher's CDROM, but, unwilling to pay £70 for that, I emailed the publisher, who sent them out by email. I've put them the Files section on the Facebook group (link below) so that others won't suffer the same dilemma."
Environmental Management for Home Ed - Facebook group for sharing resources.