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    Level 3 - Extended Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture

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    Arboriculture: Forestry and Tree Care

    This course gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of safe working with equipment and machinery, chainsaw use, planting and establishment of trees, soil and plant science, pests and diseases

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Level 3 - Extended Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture
    • Course Code: E13281 O13281
    • Start Date: 02/09/2019
    • Duration: 2 years full-time (3 days per week)
    • Campus: Easton, Otley
    • Entry requirements: ** 4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A-C) to include English, maths and science. Alternatively a Level 2 Diploma at Merit/Distinction, including English and Maths at Grade 4/C or above.

    This qualification is designed to develop a higher understanding of Arboriculture and Forestry and is the equivalent to A Levels in UCAS points. This is a two year, full-time course and can be studied at either campus. The management of trees by professional tree surgeons is an unusual mix of technical and practical skills, with a desire to work outdoors. Forestry involves the management, support, protection, and harvesting of wood, together with the management of recreational and leisure areas. Both campuses provide specialist arboriculture machinery and excellent facilities to learn in, with the option of gaining additional complementary certificates of competence in chainsaw use, felling of trees and use of ropes to perform an aerial rescue.  You will be able to specialise further in either forestry or arboriculture.

    You will have the opportunity to study tree and shrub pruning, emergency tree work operations, measuring trees, woodland sampling, forest and woodland skills, the principles of silviculture, learn how to support arboriculture operations from the ground and develop arboricultural skills in the canopy, such as pruning at height, supporting tree climbing operations, aerial tree inspections and specialist canopy pruning and tree surveys and legislation.

    A variety of employment opportunities can follow on from this, including, but not limited to:

    • Forestry contractor/operator
    • Forest ranger
    • Forest craftsman
    • Forest supervisor 
    • Tree surgeon
    • Tree worker (ground)
    • Tree worker (aerial)
    • Tree Officer
    • Tree survey and inspection

    This course will prepare you for a range of jobs in the arboriculture and forestry industries. Or, you may wish to move onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber, which allows you to combine work with further training. Or, you can use this qualification to progress into Higher Education. You could go on to study subjects such as: 

    • Arboriculture Foundation Degree 
    • Forestry and Woodland Management Foundation Degree 
    • Woodland Conservation Management FdSc 
    • Woodland Conservation Management BSc (Hons)


    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

    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.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    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.

    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