Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) (City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) (City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Subject Area: Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) Suffolk Rural (Otley)


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 152911
  • Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs Grade 3-1 (D-G) or above, to include English and maths at 3 (D); or

    Level 1 qualification at Merit/Distinction (including English and maths at 3 (D) or above).

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus.

    Who is this qualification for?

    This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture is for you if you are 16-19 and looking to start a career within the forestry or arboricultural sector. Modern forestry and arboriculture practices involve far more than just growing trees for timber. There are numerous career options depending on your interests and goals, which range from managing large forests to managing trees for amenity and urban landscapes. This qualification is suitable if you are 16 years old, or over. You may or may not have any previous knowledge or experience in forestry or arboriculture. You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in a treework setting, or progressing to further learning and training in this area.

    What does this qualification cover?

    This qualification covers the skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter the world of work within the forestry and arboriculture industries.

    You will study the following mandatory content:

    ● Working in a forestry or arboriculture related business – practical work experience

    ● Introduction to the forestry and arboriculture sectors - theory

    ● Health and safety for the land-based industries - theory

    ● Tools and equipment - theory and practical

    ● Environment and conservation - theory

    ● Introduction to plant science - theory

    ● Tree classification and Identification – theory and practical

    ● Tree establishment - theory and practical

    ● Tree and woodland management – theory and practical

    There is also a mandatory requirement to complete 150 hours of work experience.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

    Will the qualification lead to employment, and if so, in which job role and at what level?

    Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting for a trainee:

    ● arboriculture/forestry worker

    ● forestry team member

    ● tree nursery worker

    Will the qualification lead to further learning?

    Yes. Once you have successfully completed this qualification, you could go on to study a Level 3 College-based qualification over two years.

    Over two years:

    Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (1080) (Forestry) or (Arboriculture)

    This larger qualification taken over two years will allow you to specialise in forestry or arboriculture, which could lead to a greater range of more diverse career opportunities.

    Whilst undertaking Arboriculture learning it is important that learners understand the inherent physically demanding nature of the course. It is therefore important that students inform the college of any relevant long or short term medical condition to allow appropriate risk assessment to ensure your safety during learning. This can be disclosed either on enrolment or raised to your teaching team. All information disclosed in this regard will be treated confidentially.

    Course Highlights

    • Tree identification
    • Tree climbing
    • Pests and diseases
    • Plant and soil science
    • Machinery Operations

    Next Steps

    This course will prepare you for training in range of jobs within the arboriculture and forestry industries, such as: arboriculture/forestry worker, forestry team member, tree nursery worker. Or, you can use this qualification to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture.

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2022. You may be eligible to apply for a bursary to support you with course PPE requirements.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.