Forestry and Arboriculture Level 3

Course Details

  • Department

    Forestry and Arboriculture
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

This course will help you prepare for a supervisory role in the arboriculture sector. Studying a mixture of practical and theory skills. This is necessary for employment in the sector or moving into a more advanced course such as a degree. You will train within practical sessions that may include using a chainsaw, feeling trees and climbing elements gaining additional qualifications.

Entry Requirements


at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

The course includes a wide range of modules including:

  • Principles of Health and Safety
  • Land based industry machinery operations
  • Plant and soil science
  • Estate skills
  • Business management in the land based sector
  • Specialist project in the land based sector
  • Principles of tree felling and chainsaw use
  • Identification, planting, establishment and aftercare of plants for forestry and arboriculture
  • Identification of pests, diseases and disorders of trees
  • Urban and community forestry projects
  • Woodland habitat management
  • Principles of tree science
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Emergency tree works
  • Advanced arboricultural practices
  • Arboricultural skills
  • Tree surveys and inspections


Why choose us?

  • Excellent college resources including a stunning arboretum, woodland, orchard and specialist workshops.
  • An additional qualification (known as a ticket in the industry) such as chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting or tree climbing.
  • Access to site visits, real tree work situations, conferences (including tour annual Arboriculture conference), shows and other events such as tree climbing competitions.
  • Student transport network to ensure you can get to college.

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject.

Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

You could progress onto  a Level 4 programme in arboriculture.

Career pathways

This two-year qualification exposes you to the whole industry and the opportunities within it. On completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by working for an arboricultural company. As you will have gained a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge over a wide range of units, you could progress within work to become:

  • Tree surgeon/arborist in a small or large business.
  • International arboricultural work (working in America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden or others)
  • Business owner
  • Consultant
  • Park Ranger
  • Once you have more experience, you could become a lead climber or supervisor
  • Tree nursery grower
  • Trainee or apprentice with the national trust, forestry commission, city or county council forestry departments, or similar organisations.

This qualification can lead to higher education opportunities as it is equivalent to A Levels.

Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

Students are to complete a minimum of 150 hours in their first year and 315 hours in their second year of study. (Some students may opt to complete the 315 hours in their first year, this will be discussed during induction)The onus on finding a placement is on the learner and will be supported by not only the arboriculture tutors but also the employability coaches.



Previous learners have gained their placements with; Tree Nurseries, Tree Surgeons, Arboricultural contractors, Stately homes, Arboretums, Country parks, Arboriculture consultants to name but a few.

Upon successful acceptance a full PPE list with specifications will be emailed to your personal email which you supplied on your application form.


This information will also be covered on induction as there is a huge variation in cost and specification.

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