Level 2

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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.


Oliver Perry

Additional Qualifications

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
Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between Grade 9-3 (previous grade structure A-D)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 qualification at Merit level or a portfolio of evidence to show potential of working towards a Level 2 plus GCSE English and Maths and a Science.

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Dates & Location:

September 2018

January 2019


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.

Noah Tremaine

Level 3 Diploma Foresty

Future Opportunities

Completion of this course provides the necessary skills you need to start a career such as:

  • Countryside and estate work
  • Forestry
  • 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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