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Countryside and Environment Apprenticeship at Bridgwater College

Course description

The course is offered to students already working in the Environmental Conservation industry who wish to study through work based learning. The course places great emphasis on practical ability backed up with an understanding of the principles involved. The Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticehips offer high quality training, to meet the environmental conservation industry standards. The qualifications were designed by the industry for employers and this ensures that the training you receive will equip you with the skills needed by the horticulture industry.

Course content

You will be assisted by the College to find a suitable work placement with a local employer. Whilst at work, you will receive comprehensive practical training designed to develop your competence at carrying out relevant real-life environmental conservation tasks that your employer will value. You will be visited regularly by a qualified Assessor to check on your progression and to ensure that you are building evidence towards your final qualification. You will visit the college one day per week to work towards gaining detailed underpinning knowledge of your chosen subject area. Course content could include (depending on option chosen):

  • Working practices
  • Prepare ground for seeding & planting
  • Establish & protect moorland vegetation
  • Maintaining plants
  • Environmental machinery
  • Health and safety and legislation
  • Identification and use of plants
  • Carry out habitat management.

Entry requirements

  • GCSEs in the A*–E range
  • Employer sponsorship - in the form of a letter of recommendation and support
  • Course entry is also subject to an initial assessment in order to determine the appropriate level of study for you


Practical assessment takes place throughout the course. Students compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence.

Future opportunities

Apprentices can progress to supervisory level employment within the industry or progress to Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship). Advanced Apprentices may progress to higher level employment or Level 4 and 5. Some Advanced apprentices go on study for a foundation degree in Horticulture at the Cannington Centre for Land Based Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2016

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