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
- 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)