Level 1

You'll learn all of the necessary skills to help make you more employable and be successful in the workplace. A mixture of practical and classroom sessions will help to give you a sound understanding and create an evidence-based portfolio. 

Entry Requirements:

Either: 

  • You'll need to have achieved 1 or more GCSEs between grade E-G (new grades 2-1)
  • Successful completion of the Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in forestry and arboriculture
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course from another area
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered.

Duration:

1 year full-time 3 days per week

Facilities

With over 800 hectares of land on-site, you'll certainly be in the right environment to develop your skills. The department has the latest equipment for you to use on your courses. You'll be able to work with a range of tractors, a wood miser saw mill, a range of wood chippers, a mobile elevated work platform and tree climbing equipment. We've got areas of farmed land, hedgerows, ponds, streams and woodland for you to explore. You'll also be able to visit out working commercial woodland at Flimwell with its up-to-date modern workshop. We have fantastic links with land owners and estates in the local area which means you'll be able to gain full practical experience and knowledge of the tree-based sector.

Future Opportunities

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to complete a Level 2 in Forestry and Arboriculture or into employment as an Estate Worker or Grounds Maintenance Assistant. 

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