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Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bedford College

Course description

This Apprenticeship will offer you a great opportunity to train with experienced professionals in the workplace. The course 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. Please note that you must be employed full-time in an industry-related job role before applying for this Apprenticeship. This programme will take 12-18 months to complete, and you will be required to attend College on a day-release basis every Tuesday.

Course content

This Apprenticeship will consist of several different elements:

  • A competence-based element, where you will study to achieve a Work-based Environmental Conservation Level 2 Diploma
  • Knowledge-based multiple choice tests, which are based on three units from the diploma
  • Functional Skills at a minimum of Maths Level 1 and English Level 1, and additional vocational qualifications
  • First Aid (one-day course)
  • One occupational test (for example PA1: Safe Use of Pesticides)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities.


To achieve the Work-based Environmental Conservation Level 2 Diploma you must achieve a minimum of 37 credits.

A range of units are available to study during the course, which may include:

  • Establishing plants or seeds in soil
  • Plant nomenclature, terminology and identification
  • Preparing ground for seeding and planting
  • Hedge laying
  • Hedgerow planting
  • Environmental conservation
  • Access and recreation.


In addition to the main qualification you will also study to achieve an additional qualification in first aid, plus one accredited, legislative or nationally recognised occupational test relevant to the industry, such as: •

  • Chainsaw maintenance and operation
  • Safe use of strimmers/brushcutters
  • ATV driving
  • Tractor driving
  • Manual handling.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need two GCSEs at grade D or above and be employed full-time in a relevant job role. There are also qualifications and courses that will help you understand the sector prior to starting, such as a Level 1 Award in Practical Environmental and Conservation Skills, or a Level 1 Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation. It would also be beneficial if you have previous voluntary or working experience within the environmental conservation industry.


At College you will study to achieve Functional Skills in Maths and English, which will be assessed by a portfolio and an online assessment. Your knowledge of the core units within the main qualification will be assessed and developed by completing a portfolio of work.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress into employment in the industry, or onto more advanced courses in a relevant subject.

Further information

If you are 19+ then there is an employer contribution.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.

Last updated date: 05 February 2016
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