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Arboriculture Level 2


On this course you will learn the basic practical and theoretical elements of arboriculture and forestry.


This course aims to provide a basic understanding of the practical and theoretical elements of arboriculture, the care and management of trees, and forestry, the care and management of woodlands. The course covers some of the following modules: health and safety, woodland and habitat management, ground-based arboriculture operations and planting and tree identification. You will learn how to identify trees, how to care for them and how to work safely with them. You’ll learn the ground-based operations that are the foundation of practical tree surgery, including the safe use of a tree surgeon’s tools. Students' work is assessed via multiple choice exams and a synoptic assessment – a multiple-part simulated business exercise. Further details will be provided at interviews.

Unique Selling Points

  • Excellent ABC resources including a stunning arboretum, woodland, orchard and temperate glasshouse.
  • An additional qualification (know as a ticket in the industry) from ABC’s commercial courses department, such as Chipper use, Brushcutter or Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting.
  • Free student transport network to ensure you can get to college.

Career pathways

  • Graduating from this course you could go on to become a:
  • Forestry worker.
  • Tree surgeon in a small or large business.
  • Trainee technician or sales-person in a forestry supply chain business.
  • Trainee in a tree nursery.
  • Trainee or apprentice with the national trust, forestry commission, city or county council forestry departments, or similar organisations.

Continue to Level 3 study and you could go on to:

  • 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

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grading level 3 (Old GCSE grade E) or above including Maths and English with Science desirable. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture. Alternatively this course would give you the relevant skills to enter the Arboriculture Industry at trainee level.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277