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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are interested in a career in arboriculture and forestry management, this one-year course gives you a thorough grounding in both the theory and the practical skills you need. You will develop your abilities through tasks at Broomfield Hall and other rural settings.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in arboriculture. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:

  • To be physically fit. (Candidates are interviewed and their climbing aptitude is assessed at the start of the course)
  • A minimum of three GCSEs at grade D or above, including English and/or Maths

OR

  • An Introductory Diploma in a related subject

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.

All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and Maths, and must present an example of current work.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Ground-based operations
  • Tree planting and care
  • Business
  • Tree climbing and pruning
  • Work experience
  • Trees and the law
  • Tree identification
  • Tree biology
  • Machinery and maintenance
  • Fungi/pest diseases

In addition, if you have not obtained GCSE English and/or Maths at grade C or above, you will be required to study Functional English and/or Maths.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed in a range of ways, including written assignments, practical skill tests and an identification test. All work will be collated into a portfolio of evidence.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Specialist kit to include helmet and chainsaw clothing (This will be discussed at interview and a specialist company will visit the College during Induction Week to advise you)
  • Derby College uniform
  • Writing materials

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to a Level 3 apprenticeship in Arboriculture or another related subject, provided you have passed this course with a minimum of a Merit grade. You could also go on to work in the forestry and arboriculture industry or become self-employed using the skills you have gained.

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Arboriculture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Bound for Australia

Former Arboriculture student Andy Smith has his sights set on using the skills he learnt at Derby College in Australia.

Andy, who has family in Australia already in the profession, decided to come back to College to gain new skills and turn his life around.

I had been in a pretty dead end job so decided to go back to College and loved every minute of it. The course is great and the tutors are really knowledgeable. I have started the process of moving to Australia as they need people with my skills and I hope to be there in a few months.
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