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An opportunity for you to gain an understanding of current forest management practice both nationally and internationally, you’ll also focus on the ecological and environmental factors that influence forestry and woodland management in Lowland England. 

What does the course cover?

It’s a great course whether you’re new to the industry or if you’re an industry professional looking to gain accreditation and upskill. During your first year, you’ll study a range of modules giving you a thorough grounding in both the scientific principles and course-specific subjects. You’ll also get to gain supplementary qualifications through practical training for industry-related certificates of competence in chainsaw use, practical forest management and tree felling. (Additional fees for assessment will apply). In your second year you’ll get the opportunity to study areas of specific interest to you through specialist modules and undertaking a research project. You’ll also complete a work placement which will develop your practical hands-on and networking skills.   

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 D500

All the staff here are happy to help you personally achieve the goals you set yourself, and in many cases exceed them. The varied course provides all the attributes that will stand every graduate in good stead, with Plumpton College recognised as providing an excellent qualification for industry needs. 

Linner Deware

FdSc Forestry and Woodland Management


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

We’ve got great rates for graduate employment from this course. On completion, you’ll be exceptionally well-prepared for a career in forestry and woodland management at either a technical or supervisory level. You can look forward to a role in business management in forestry, as a commercial forester, conservation work, sustainability management, or roles in consultancy or scientific research. If you choose to go on to further your studies, you’ll have the chance to gain your BSc (Hons) either at the University of Brighton or further afield.

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