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Foundation Degree Arboriculture (UCAS Code D510)


The Foundation Degree in Arboriculture is specifically aimed at those seeking a managerial or consulting career in urban tree management. As such, the course does not require a practical background as there is limited practical tuition. The course focuses upon the technical and scientific aspects of tree care with a view to providing professional advice to a range of potential clients. It is however imperative that learners understand the mechanics of tree works and are able to oversee and advise on appropriate pruning in response to environmental or safety factors.Validating Partner: Harper Adams University.


An in-depth knowledge of how trees function and interact with their environment is the foundation of good tree care, there is a strong emphasis upon the scientific aspects of Arboriculture. The course considers a range of topics and caters for those with limited prior knowledge allowing enhancement of current skills and development of broader knowledge. There is a series of generic modules which allow networking with other vocational areas. The course is open to those with appropriate UCAS points which could come from A-Level study or progression from Level 3. Mature learners may also apply through the interview process. Progression to the BSc/BSc (Hons) Applied Horticulture is possible.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grades

Applicants will normally have 5 GCSE’s or above including English, maths and science at Grade C or above. Achievements at level 2 in appropriate Functional Skills will also be considered as an alternative for English and maths and Merit grades or above in Science based modules at Level 3 can be used as an alternative to GCSE Science.

UCAS Points

Applicants are expected to achieve a minimum of 120 UCAS points (NPTC pass, = 120 points; merit = 240 points). Applicants will normally have studied a two-year level 3 programme at A Level or a vocational Level 3 Diploma.  In addition applicants will be expected to show achievements in science modules at Merit grade or above in vocational programmes. This reflects the science based nature of the programmes. Applicants without appropriate achievements in Science may be asked to undertake an assessment of scientific knowledge. Applications from those that have significant life or work experience after leaving compulsory education will normally have studied and achieved an Access to HE course or successfully completed a minimum of a one year level 3 courses and/or  be able to demonstrate that they are working at an appropriate level in English, maths and science through an assessment process.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course progression onto a full Degree in Applied Horticulture is possible.