Vocational Routes

You may think that you need a degree to get into the environmental sector. You don’t. Although it’s the typical course, it’s by no means compulsory, with vocational routes, such as apprenticeships, NVQs, internships and on-the-job learning becoming increasingly common.

Initially, these roles are often voluntary, or low-paid but are an excellent option if you want to avoid the high course fees and student debt that come with attending university. Such routes usually have a much more practical focus, with on-the-job training rather than classroom-based learning.


The Level 6 Environmental Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship was launched in May 2019. This apprenticeship equates to an undergraduate environmental science or environmental management degree and covers a range of environmental practitioner roles, including Environmental Consultant, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Scientist, Land Use Planner and many more.. The apprenticeship is currently being offered by the following universities and further information can be found on their websites:

Kingston University (South East)

University of Central Lancashire (North West)

The Level 7 Ecologist Apprenticeship has now been launched and is aimed at graduates or those with graduate-level knowledge and understanding. Apprentices have three options for the type of apprenticeship: Ecological Consultant; Ecological Scientist or Landscape Ecologist. On completion, apprentices will hold an Master’s degree in an ecological discipline relevant to their job role.

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