Water Environment Worker Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

You need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Please visit our vacancy page or contact 01278 441234 if you have an employer. If you are unable to secure employment, you could enrol on a full-time study programme and transfer to an Apprenticeship at a later date. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option.

This apprenticeship would suit anyone with an interest in rivers, coasts (the sea), lakes, wetlands, canals and reservoirs and all the habitats and species that thrive in these environments.

Working in the outdoors looking after some of our most amazing waterways, rivers and lakes whilst caring for the habitats and species found there make this an incredibly rewarding apprenticeship programme. Gain tuition and guidance from assessors with over 40 years industry experience who have a passion for learning and our water environments.

The course has four pathways which allow it to be tailored to different types of role, these include; working with volunteers, responding to flood events, heritage assets and water level management.

Core units:

  • Health and Safety
  • Water based assets
  • Flood events
  • Working with others
  • Habitat management
  • Project work
  • Confined spaces
  • Personal performance
  • Water level management
  • Site furniture and infrastructure
  • Drainage
  • Vehicles, tools, equipment and materials

Optional pathways:

  • Major incident management
  • Working with volunteers
  • Heritage assets
  • Water level management

Assessment Methods

  • Online courses
  • Learning journals to record practical skills
  • Project work
  • Review visits with assessors

Progression Options

Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to higher level qualifications in ecology, environmental science, water management, countryside management and a host of roles with a variety of organisations such as the Environment Agency or National Trust.

Course Summary

Course Title Water Environment Worker Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements


  • English and Maths GCSE at 4 or above

  • Full, clean driving license

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