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Level 3 60 Credit diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture

This comprehensive course is designed for students who like working with trees and wish to pursue a career in the forestry industry. You will benefit from industry-experienced tutors, learn about the environmental importance of trees and carry out remedial and preventative pruning.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 4-5 days a week plus work experience.


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Understand and carry out identification, planting and establishment of trees and shrubs for forestry and arboriculture
  • Undertake tree surveys and inspections and analyse the data
  • Understand the legislation relating to trees in the UK
  • Understand the principles of silviculture
  • Understand the principles of tree science
  • Understand the principles of tree felling and chainsaw use
  • Undertake Advanced Arboricultural
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Students will be assessed throughout the course using written assignments, presentations, practical assessments and external assessments.

Entry Requirements:

60 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Pass) AND GCSEs in English and maths at D / 3 Grade or above or equivalent.

Additional Experience:

Life experiences will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Work based Apprentice, employment or onto next level of course in chosen area.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students will have the opportunity to undertake additional vocational qualifications as part of their course. These may include areas such as correct use of chainsaws and are designed to support future careers.

Additional Industry Experiences:

Students will benefit from a variety of field trips throughout the course. Typically these may be international study tours and visits to a range of different woodlands throughout the South East.

Specialist Equipment Needed

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need full safety protection (chainsaw trousers, boots, gloves and helmet with eye/ear protection) as well as waterproof clothing, overalls, a personal firstaid kit, pruning saw and Hadlow College jumper.


  • 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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