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.
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:
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.
The course will cover:
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.
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.
You will be required to supply your own:
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.
An award-winning mature student says he felt a sense of "privilege" to be trained by lecturers at Broomfield Hall. Andrew Fretwell, 39, took redundancy from his supervisor's job at Tesco in Alfreton and decided to relaunch his career in arboriculture. He completed his one year Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture as the only student to gain a Distinction* – and was named Arboriculture Student of the Year.
Andrew said he felt proud to gain the accolade and gave particular praise to lecturer Simon Hunt, who he said had contributed hugely to his achievements. Now Andrew has set up Green Line Tree Services with his friend Mark Hall, who also took taking redundancy from Tesco. Mark joined Andrew in retraining at Broomfield where he gained a Distinction. Andrew said:
I loved the course from start to finish. Every aspect of each section had somebody knowledgeable. It felt like a privilege having the chance to get trained by them, and especially by Simon Hunt who gave us a lot of attention. Simon is trained to a really high level and he'd come in once a week to help with practical training.