Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) (Level 3) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) (Level 3) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

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


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2021
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 149486
  • 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.

    Course Overview

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

    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.

    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. Our campus provides 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.

    Course Highlights

    If you wish to take the forestry pathway, 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.

    If you wish to specialise in the arboriculture pathway, you will 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.

    Next Steps

    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)

    If you take the forestry pathway, a variety of employment opportunities can follow on from this, including, but not limited to:

    • Forestry contractor/operator
    • Forest ranger
    • Forest craftsman
    • Forest supervisor

    If you take the arboriculture pathway, Employment opportunities are varied and could include:

    • Tree surgery
    • Tree worker (ground)
    • Tree worker (aerial)
    • Tree Officer
    • Tree survey and inspection

    Arboriculture Pathway thumbnail - click for further details

    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2021.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

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