BTEC Level 2 Certificates/Diploma in Forestry
Tutor: Gavin Nevet
Duration: One year beginning September 2013
These are a suite of level 2 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your forestry knowledge and skills.
Level 2 Certificate - you choose 2 subjects to study
Level 2 Extended Certificate - you choose 4 subjects to study
Level 2 Diploma - you choose all 6 subjects to study
This one-year programme is designed for those who are interested in a successful career working in the forestry and arboricultural industries. It has a mix of classroom based (theory) and practical sessions where you will learn about looking after woodlands in the Southeast of England. You will also develop valuable practical skills in a range of subjects such as tree planting, timber harvesting, fencing and estate skills.
Students will normally be at least 16 years old on entry and have at least one of the following:-
• 2 GCSE passes at grade A-D and be able to demonstrate reasonable standards of literacy and numeracy
• Appropriate knowledge and/or experience gained in woodland related employment
Mature students who do not possess any of the above qualifications are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.
Indicative Programme Content
The programme is made up of up to six units/subjects:
• Work related experience in countryside, woodland or environment
• Environmental and land-based businesses
• Ecology of trees, woods and forests
• Estate maintenance
• Land-based machinery operation
• Practical forestry skills
You will also study functional skills, to help improve your literacy and numeracy.
There may be an opportunity for you to gain extra qualifications on top of your main award in subjects such as
Health and Safety, Working With Others or Personal Money Management.
This programme will not include chainsaw certification (NPTC)
Successful completion provides the necessary skills you need to start a career such as:
• Countryside and estate work
• Machinery operation
• Habitat maintenance
• Conservation work
• Wildlife management
Following satisfactory completion of the full Diploma programme, students may progress onto the BTEC level 3
Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma (1 year) Diploma (2 year) or Extended Diploma (2 year)
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