If you’re looking at which direction to take when you leave school and you’re interested in forestry and arboriculture, this is definitely the course for you.
A brilliant introduction to this very interesting industry, you’ll get to enjoy a real mix of lessons both in our modern classrooms and during practical sessions at our excellent on-site facilities as part of the huge Plumpton estate.
You’ll get to learn about topics such as estate skills, timber harvesting and tree planting.
These are a suite of level 2 qualifications which can be studied in a variety of combinations as part of a study package to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your forestry knowledge and skills.
This one-year programme is designed for those who are interested in a successful career working in the forestry and arboricultural industries.
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 train you towards but not necessarily include chainsaw certification (NPTC)
- College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths
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Mature students without the above requirements will be considered
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1 year full time
4 days per week
During my course I really enjoyed all the climbing and learning new techniques to access the canopy.
The classroom side of the the course was really good too; I gained a great deal of knowledge to support my practical skills.
We’re pretty proud of our facilities here at Plumpton. In fact in the land-based sector, we’ve got some of the leading college facilities in the UK – the perfect natural location for our forestry and arboriculture courses for you to develop your skills.
- Discover the latest equipment for your course
You’ll work on various equipment such as tractors, a WoodMizer saw mill plus a range of wood chippers.
- Extensive grounds for you to develop your skills
You’ll need to be able to work in a variety of locations, build your knowledge by discovering our farmed land, hedgerows and streams.
- Experience our fantastic modern facilities
Our superb site at Flimwell features our working commercial woodland plus modern workshop – an ideal base for your studies
- Benefit from our excellent local connections
You’ll be able to gain practical experience and knowledge of the tree-based sector thanks to our links with local land owners and estates.
Completion of this course 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).
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
- Tree climbing and pruning operations
- Land-based machinery operation
- Practical forestry skills
You will also study functional skills, or GCSE Maths and English to help improve your literacy and numeracy.
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