What will I learn?
You’ll perfect your skills in our extremely well equipped on site arboriculture and forestry department, as well as a variety of local off site facilities, from a private arboretum to Forestry Commission woodland and the New Forest.
• Principles of plant and soil science
• Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
• Tree felling and chainsaw use
• Arboricultural skills
• Tree identification
• Pests and diseases of trees
• Advanced arboricultural practices
• Tree surveys and inspections
• Woodland habitat management
• Advanced arboricultural machinery
Possible Additional Qualifications
• Tree climbing and aerial rescue
• Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting
• Tree felling
• Stump grinders
• Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP)
What grades will I need?
One year course: four GCSEs at grade C/4 including English and Maths/relevant Level 2 with at least three units at Merit.
Two year course: five GCSEs including Science, with Maths and English at grade C/4 or relevant Level 2 at Merit level.
Mature students may be considered with alternative qualifications or experience.
You must be aged 17 or over at the start of the course due to age restrictions on chainsaw use.
Where will it lead me?
• FdSc/BSc in Arboriculture
• Arboricultural Association Technicians Certificate
• Level 6 Arboriculture
• Tree Surveyor
• Conservation work
• Arboretum/Woodland/estate work