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    Arboriculture: Forestry and Tree Care

    Our course is run by a group of experienced tutors who are LANTRA approved instructors and NPTC assessors.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Level 3 - Subsidiary Diploma in Arboriculture
    • Course Code: O13540
    • Start Date: 20/04/2020
    • Duration: 10 week course
    • Campus: Otley
    • Entry requirements: Candidates will hold Level 2 qualifications including GCSEs of grade C and above in English, Maths and Science. You will also be able to work comfortably at Level 3. Previous experience and qualifications will be taken into account. Entry will be subject to a successful interview with a member of the Arboriculture team.

    The practical elements of the course are taught offsite in realistic working environments. We will prepare you with the requisite skills for immediate entry into industry to do jobs such as:

    • A self-employed arboricultural contractor
    • An arborist for national parks and gardens
    • An arborist for local authorities
    • Woodland Management

    The main component of the course is a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Arboriculture. This qualification attracts the Advanced Learner Loan.  Various college bursaries are also available to help with equipment and accommodation during your course.

    Course Content

    The Qualification is made up of the following units:

    • Chainsaw use and maintenance.
    • Tree Felling.
    • Tree climbing and aerial chainsaw use.
    • Ground-based arboriculture operations.
    • Tree identification
    • Tree planting pruning and aftercare

    The course will prepare you for the following NPTC units:

    • 2003 Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting (Previously CS30)
    • 2004 Felling and processing trees up to 380mm (Previously CS31)
    • 2013 Climb trees and rescue (Previously CS38)
    • 2108 Aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw (Previously CS39)
    • 2057 Operation of a manually fed wood chipper

    You will also have the opportunity to do:

    • Emergency First Aid certificate.
    • LANTRA Basic Tree inspection.


    Cost for NPTC Registrations:
    - All students will pay £500 for NPTC registration for the competency tickets.

    After the course you will be able to continue onto other courses or work in the arboriculture industry. Many students who enrol on one of these courses go on to set up their own businesses, based on the training that they have received.

    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support

    Students aged 19 ( as of 31 August) and above can study any of our part time or short courses as well as our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education programme. Some of floristry, horticulture and arboriculture courses may also be available to adult learners. Please contact the College Admissions Team for more information, 08000 224556. Adult learning

    Yes, you can speak to the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who can provide general course choice advice and guidance or you can drop in to one of our Course Advice Days.

    Course Advice Days are normally held on Saturday morning's from 9am-12pm. They provide an excellent opportunity to speak to course tutors, find out more about the courses we offer, have a tour of the facilities and speak to Student Services about any non academic questions like transport or bursaries. Dates are advertised on our website. Course Advice Day

    We also have our campus open days, known as a 'Big Day Out' which take place in the summer term. Both campuses and facilities are available for you to explore, speak to tutors and students, watch demonstrations and have a go at activities. If you like what you see you can also make an application on the day. Details on the Big Day Out will be advertised on our website nearer the time

    Please see the following links for more information on applying for your bus pass;Easton transport information or Otley transport information

    Please contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who will be able to advise of any future interview dates and rebook your interview to a suitable date.

    To cancel your application pleae contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 or use the contact us form on our website.

    The College Admissions Team will send out letters to all students aged 19 and over, on relevant courses, providing all the information needed from Easton & Otley College to enable you to make an online application with Student Finance England. These letters will be sent out during the summer term.

    The college term dates can found using the following link;

    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.