Foundation Degree Arboriculture with Urban Forestry UCAS Code: D5K6
The FdSc Arboriculture with Urban Forestry provides vocational based study for management roles in the arboriculture industry. The programme has been designed in close collaboration with industry leaders to fulfil the needs of the sector, and develop the next generation of arboriculturists. There are industry experience modules in both years, personal development planning is also included, as well as studying the most current developments in arboriculture and urban forestry. In arboriculture, opportunities exist for people with many skills including management in both commercial enterprises and local government. The industry is facing a skills shortage, with businesses having trouble recruiting due to a lack of applicants with the required skills or qualifications, especially at managerial level, where both practical skills and transferable higher level skills are required. This FdSc programme is designed to prepare students for a career within the arboricultural industry and to develop higher level skills for current employees through part time study.
Year 1 (Level 4) Core Modules include
• Industry Skills
• Academic Skills
• Introduction to Business
• Plant and Soil Science
• Principles of Urban Forestry
• Tree Identification and Dendrology
• Tree Management
• Arboricultural Practices
Year 2 (Level 5) Core Modules include
• Personal Research Project
• Professional Development
• Academic Development
• Business Enterprise
• Tree Pests and Diseases
• Project and Contract Management
• Planning and Tree Law
• Tree Biology
Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment. There are a range of assessment methods used, including reports, case studies, presentations and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.
In Course Costs
Students will be required to have PPE in the form of overalls, steal toe boots, wellingtons or walking boots and a white lab coat before starting the course.
Also students are typically provided with the opportunity to take part in international study tours to a variety of locations.
On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto one of the University Centre’s four top-up courses, allowing students to graduate with a BSc or BSc(Hons) degree.
Students alternatively may wish to consider careers in a variety of industries focused on working with local authorities, consultancies, botanic gardens and government research agencies.
Applicants should have achieved 48 UCAS points plus 5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above. In addition applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSEs. An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview
On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto one of the University Centre’s four top-up courses, allowing students to graduate with a BSc or BSc(Hons) degree. Students alternatively may wish to consider careers in a variety of industries focused on working with local authorities, consultancies, botanic gardens and government research agencies.