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Arboriculture Level 3


This course will help students to prepare for a supervisory role in the Arboriculture sector. Students will study a mixture of practical skills and develop the under pinning theory knowledge that is necessary for employment in the sector and moving on to a more advanced course such as a degree. Students will be trained within your practical sessions to a standard that will enable you to gain additional qualifications in chainsaw and climbing elements.


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

Unique Selling Points

  • Excellent ABC 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 the annual Arb conference at ABC), shows and other events such as tree climbing competitions.
  • Free student transport network to ensure you can get to college.

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 a:

  • Tree surgeon 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.

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (old GCSE grading levels A*- C) to include any 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a grade D in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English and Maths at Level 2.

Further Study

You could progress to study a Foundation Degree in Arboriculture.
Level 4 ABC cerificate in Arboriculture

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