Level 3

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Building on all of the skills and knowledge that you already have, you’ll get to spend lots of time understanding tree and woodland care at our excellent facilities here at Plumpton. With over 800 hectares of land for you to explore, you’ll be choosing the perfect location.

These are a suite of level 3 qualifications (equivalent to A level) which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your arboricultural and forestry skills along with increasing your underpinning knowledge and understanding of tree and woodland care.

This course is designed to prepare people for entry to the forestry or arboriculture industries as an operator and includes a wide range of skills and knowledge.

Year 1 of the programme will cover primarily arboricultural and tree care skills and will also include plant and soil science and machinery operation.

Year 2 will cover forestry skills, estate skills and more advanced arboricultural skills and knowledge. There will generally be more theory based sessions in the second year.

Work experience is undertaken throughout the programme as it is ideal preparation for employment on completion as well as being a core module for the course. 

Entry Requirements:


  • You’ll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between Grade 9-4 (previous grade structure A-C) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 qualification

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered 

Dates & Location:

September 2018


2 years 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

After completing your course, you can choose to go on to study a Foundation Degree in Forestry and Arboriculture.

Alternatively you’ll have the skills to find employment as a skilled Arborist or Forester in a local authority post, National Trust or in the private sector.


Year 1

  • Plant and soil science
  • Tree planting, identification, and care
  • Work experience
  • Tree felling and chainsaw use
  • Forest and woodland skills
  • Specialist forestry & arboricultural machinery
  • Arboriculture skills
  • English & Maths

Year 2

  • Work experience
  • Specialist investigative project
  • Pests and diseases
  • Tree surveys, inspections and data analysis
  • Timber conversion and use
  • Advanced arboricultural skills
  • English & Maths

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