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Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Level 2

Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship at Bedford College

This apprenticeship will offer you a great opportunity to train with experienced professionals in the workplace and will provide you with the skills and knowledge required by employers in the conservation and environment industry. You will be able to choose a pathway that will suit your skills, including environmental conservation, access and recreation. Units vary from monitoring water levels and responding to incidents of flooding, to field surveys and maintaining environmental good practice.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grades A*-D, ideally including English and maths, or equivalent.

Other requirements: It would also be beneficial if you have previous voluntary or working experience within the environmental conservation industry.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:

  • Maintain environmental good practice
  • Communicate with the public and others
  • Promote responsible public use of the environment
  • Prepare to undertake and report on a field survey
  • Conduct and report on a field survey for people/ physical features/animals/ plants/ habitat types
  • Maintain and improve water channel capacity by manual bank reforming and de-silting operations
  • Monitor and report on water levels
  • Identify and respond to incidents of flooding

Assessment methods

The majority of assessment will take place in the work place through a mixture of practical observation and questions, learner discussion, written questions and the production of a portfolio of evidence. There is also a short multiple choice test marked externally.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Work-Based Environmental Conservation NPTC/City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma


  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Lantra Certificate in Land-based Activities (Level 2)
  • Additional vocational qualifications – First Aid (one day course) plus one other occupational test (for example, PA1, Brushcutter or Chainsaw cross-cutting)

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion of this course you could progress on to more advanced courses in a relevant subject.

Future careers: This qualification could help you find work in a range of land-based roles.

Additional information

If you are over 19, your attendance in College will be subject to a functional skills assessment.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291000.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Shuttleworth College B1150

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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