Forestry and Arboriculture Technical Diploma 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.

Regular industry seminars and professional speakers inspire and enthuse students to forge careers within the industry, and training towards the NPTC Certificates of Competence in chainsaw and related operations is embedded within the course.

Topics may include:

  • Introduction to working in land-based industries
  • Introduction to plant and soil science
  • Tree work placement
  • Tree felling and ground-based operation
  • Assisting climbing and aerial pruning operations
  • Ecology of trees, woods and forests
  • Practical tree work skills
  • Tree classification and identification: classification, identification and botanical naming
  • 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

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 Foundation Technical 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 Diploma Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 2 range including English and Maths or a Level 1 qualification. Course entry is subject to an initial assessment in English and Maths 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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