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You’ll get to study current tree management practice, with emphasis on a holistic approach to tree care. You’ll also look at tree selection and the prominence on the environmental importance of trees in the urban environment. 

What does the course cover?

Designed to meet your needs, whether you’re new to the industry or you’re looking to gain further accreditation. During your first year, you’ll gain a broad-based knowledge of related science and course-specific subjects. You’ll also enjoy practical training which will enable you to gain industry-related certificates of competence in chainsaw use and modern tree climbing techniques. (Additional fees for assessment apply). In your second year, you’ll focus on industry standard tree management and related scientific research. You can also look forward to hands-on industry involvement and networking as part of your work experience placement.    

Entry Requirements:

Typical entry requirements are 2 A-levels (grade D) or L3 Extended Diploma (PMM) or IB (min 26 points)


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years 

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is D510

This stimulating course allows for critical analysis of upmost relevant literature, which combined with numerous field trips, provides the student with the professional knowledge required for this exciting industry. 

Dean Bell

Recent Graduate, Plumpton College Lecturer


Plumpton College is the perfect place to study for your degree in forestry and woodland management or arboriculture. 

With our extensive 800-hectare estate offering farmed land, hedgerows, pond and streams plus woodland, you'll be able to gain hands-on experience in a fantastic environment. Fully equipped with a range of the latest technology, you'll be able to access and receive training in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) in our computer suits. 

You can look forward to lots of support from our expert staff who have extensive experience in both the commercial aspects of forestry and arboriculture plus engage in industry research. We also have a site at Flimwell boasting a working commercial woodland and an up-to-date modern workshop. 

Future Opportunities

Our graduates have an excellent reputation for being well-prepared for a career in arboriculture at either a technical or supervisory level. You can certainly look forward to a role such as in arboricultural consultancy, business management in arboriculture, as a local authority tree officer, practical arborist, or roles within scientific research. You’ve also got the option to use your accreditation towards Chartered Arborist status if required. If you decide to continue your studies, you can choose to progress onto continued study to BSc (Hons) either at the University of Brighton or further afield.

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