Forestry and Arboriculture Technical Certificate Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course has a strong practical focus supported by key theoretical aspects. It is ideal for gaining a craft level qualification if you have a strong interest in trees and woodlands.

Topics may include:

  • Introduction to the forestry and arboriculture sector: sector overview, utilities, work ethics, employment opportunities, job roles, CVs
  • Environment and conservation: legal statutes, environmental legislation, pollution, habitat creation, management and protection, bio-security
  • Tree classification and identification: classification, identification and botanical naming
  • Introduction to plant science: soils, plant physiology, tree pests and diseases
  • Tree establishment: species selection, site preparation, plant protection and aftercare
  • Tree and woodland management: management plans, tree surveys, tree work, timber production
  • Tools and equipment: specialist tool selection, preparation and operation
  • Regular industry seminars and professional speakers to inspire and enthuse students to forge rewarding careers within the industry
  • Training towards the prestigious NPTC Certificates of Competence in chainsaw and related operations is embedded within the course

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including multiple choice exams, practical assessments, written assignments, presentations and projects.

Progression Options

On successful completion of the Level 2 qualification, you may be able to progress on to a Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture. Alternatively you could find full-time employment with arboriculture contracting companies, local authorities, private parks and gardens, the Forestry Commission or National Trust. Opportunities also exist to undertake tree work across the globe.

Course Summary

Course Title Forestry and Arboriculture Technical Certificate Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 2 (A* to E) range including English and maths or a Level 1 qualification. Course entry is subject to an initial assessment in English and maths in order to determine the appropriate level of study and a successful interview is required.

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The tutors continually encourage us to achieve to the best of our ability and potential. For example, in our practical tree work sessions there are some pretty tough challenges, but the teaching team gives me a huge amount of confidence.

Toby Pitman

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