Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) (City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Diploma) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) (City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Diploma) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

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


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 153894
  • 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 3 A Levels and on successful completion of your qualification you will receive UCAS points. This is a two year, full-time course.

    Who is this qualification for?

    This qualification is for you if you are 16-19 and want to work in the arboricultural industries. It is designed to provide you with a very wide range of specialist technical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, or to further learning and training within the arboricultural industries. On successful completion of the qualification, you will be awarded a Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (Arboriculture) (1080)

    What does this qualification cover?

    This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of safe working with equipment and machinery, chainsaw use and planting and establishment of trees. You will be able to undertake a range of estate maintenance skills such as boundary maintenance and fencing. You will study theory-based modules such as; soil and plant science, as well as tree science, plus you will learn about tree pests and diseases. Students will specialise in arboriculture and will study areas such as how to support arboriculture operations from the ground and arboricultural skills (accessing the canopy, simple pruning at height and supporting tree climbing operations). You could also study advanced arboricultural practices such as aerial tree inspections and specialist canopy pruning. You could also learn about tree surveys and inspections, data analysis and legislation relating to trees in the UK.

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

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

    This two-year qualification exposes you to the whole industry, and the opportunities within it. On completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by working for an Arboricultural or Forestry company. As you will have gained a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge over a wide range of units, you could progress within work to become a:

    ● Tree worker (ground)

    ● Tree worker (aerial)

    Will the qualification lead to further learning?

    You may wish to move onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber, which allows you to combine working for a forestry contractor, in an arboretum, or a similar job, and typically attending one day a week at college or with a training provider.

    You may wish to progress onto further learning within a Higher Education Institution. 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)

    Additional qualification information can be found by clicking the below link;

    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.

    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.

    National Skills Fund:

    This course is part of the National Skills Fund Offer - if you are 19 or above and do not have a level 3 qualification or higher your course will be funded for you.

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