Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

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 offers high quality training, to meet the environmental conservation industry standards. The qualification was 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.

What does the course involve?

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

What makes this course special?

This is an opportunity to "earn while you learn" as most time is spent with the work placement provider. This practical course covers a wide range of subjects to give a broad basic knowledge. Additionally, you will have access to excellent facilities to enhance and support your learning including:

  • Excellent glass house and walled garden resources
  • Superb computer facilities
  • Modern learning resources centre
  • Training Officer support and guidance
  • Stimulating learning environment
  • E-portfolio

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs in the A* – E or 9 - 3 range
  • Course entry is also subject to an initial assessment

What are the assessment methods?

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

How long is the course?

Up to 18 months.

What are the progression options?

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.

Further Information