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. Field trips to the Savernake Forest, Westonbirt Arboretum, and Stourhead Western Estate will fully immerse you into the arboriculture and forestry industry, and you’ll also have the opportunity to climb and measure some of the tallest trees in England!
• Principles of plant and soil science
• Silvicultural practices
• Tree felling and chainsaw use
• Tree identification
• Pests and diseases of trees
• Advanced forestry machinery
• Tree surveys and inspections
• Woodland habitat management
Possible Additional Qualifications
•Chainsaw Crosscut and Maintenance
What grades will I need?
One year course: Four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English/relevant Level 1 qualification.
Two year course: Five GCSEs including Science, with Maths and English at grade D/3 or 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 in Woodland/Forestry Management
• BSc in Woodland/Forestry Management
• Conservation work
• Local authority employment
• Conservation/estate work
• Employment with the Forestry Commission or Woodland Trust