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Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Level 2

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.

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.

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.

Assessment methods

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.


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


  • Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 Award
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths

You will also have the opportunity to take the Pesticide Application, Brushcutter Operations or Chainsaw Maintenance NPTC Level 1 Awards for an additional cost.

Further study and career options

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.

Additional information

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

Course information & how to book

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.

Start DateFeesLocationCourse Code
Flexible Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Shuttleworth College B1150

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

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