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What are your interests?



Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Work Experience

Work experience is one of the best ways to get an understanding of a career. Both LCVP and LCA programmes include modules on work experience where you are required to source a work placement and keep a diary as part of the assessment, this encourages you to reflect on your experiences. You will get to sample what working life is like and experience the normal day-to-day activities of a particular job. 

These valuable experiences have been shown to be very influential in the choices students make at the beginning of their career path. 

What's involved?

A work placement involves finding and securing a position with a company for the times set aside by your school. LCA students normally require four work placements over the two years of the programme, while LCVP students would normally do two or less.

In both programmes, a report is required detailing your experience. You are expected to relate your placement to your own career aspirations and evaluate your experience in terms of your personal skills and attributes.

Visit our WorkXperience Hub to search work placements.