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Level 3 Technical Qualification in Forestry and Arboriculture

This course will cover the hard skills of the industry
such as, tree felling and chainsaw maintenance, as well
as plant and soil science and the working life skill sets
that employers look for. Students develop the skills
required to identify, prevent and control common pests
and diseases in trees. The style of teaching is hands-on
learning with classroom theory which complement each
other. If you are interested in Forestry and Arboriculture
then this course will suit your interests and lead you
towards gaining employment in this wide and exciting
sector. Anyone looking to break into this industry base
will be well prepared through this course, to both get
ahead and broaden their own horizons on what they
could do for a career.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, full-time


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:

• Professional working responsibilities
• Plant and soil sciences
• Work experience in the land-based industry
• Identification, planting and care of trees
• Trees and shrub pruning and maintenance
• Tree felling and chainsaw safety
• Estate skills
• Tree pests and diseases
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4
Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must
include GCSE in English OR maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade

Students are required to buy specific equipment that
is commiserate with working within the Forestry and
Arboricultural sector. We also require that Forestry and
Arboriculture College livery is worn.
There is also a reading list that is updated regularly at
the College which would be worth reviewing and any
books the student may find useful should be considered.

The course is taught to encourage self-learning and
works to develop reflective practice amongst its
students. We formatively overview students every
day and build a total record as opposed to a series of
simple fact checking summative tests. We do this by a
combination of classroom theory work that links to small
and large scale practicals. We use self-lead research
projects per unit, which are guided by the lectures but
are owned and developed by the students.
There are one off tests both verbal and written with a
focus on drawing out knowledge from the learners not
just fact checking. A key component on our assessments
is cross unit linking. This helps develop a broader view
and draws in learning across disciplines. The idea being
we can continuously evaluate the learners over a long
period and adjust our learning to fill in any weakness we
see developing.


Extensive glasshouse facilities
Field nursery stock production
Computer controlled environmental and irrigation systems
Fruit and container production units
Plant propagation centre
Fully equipped landscape training centre
Demonstration garden for leading national retailers
Fully labelled plant collection throughout the College grounds
10 acres of landscaped gardens and two National Collections within Broadview Gardens
Fully commercial garden centre

Typical Employers

Local authorities, nurseries, garden centres, publicly and privately owned gardens, commercial landscaping companies.

Industry Links

Students benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre. The College is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society; NCCPG and the Hardy Plant Society.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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