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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

    Applications for accommodation usually open late Spring. For more information pleae see the following link; Student accommodation

    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.

    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

    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.