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Diploma in Arboriculture and Forestry Skills – Level 2

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.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Arboriculture
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/diploma-in-arboriculture-and-forestry-skills-level-2
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Course Information for Students

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:

  • 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 (3) 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.

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.

This course will be delivered on-site.

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

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 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.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering curriculum, please contact us via email on businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Forestry Workers

£22638

Forestry Workers

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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DCG Success Stories

Andrew Patterson ascending a tree

Andrew Patterson

Tree surgeon who trained at Broomfield seeks Derby College arboriculture student

My lecturers – David Frost, Simon Hunt and Sally were brilliant. David helped me get over my fear of heights and Simon and Sally taught me everything I needed to know about tree root underpinning. Tree surgery can be a challenging career. I'm in my early fifties now but I'm in good shape. I'm a martial arts instructor so I've kept myself fit. You need good levels of fitness in this job. It can be back breaking work but if you don't mind getting a few nicks, bruises and rashes and being outside in all weathers, it's one of the best jobs you could ever ask for.

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Andrew Fretwell with business partner Mark stood by a tree

Andrew Fretwell

Award-winner Andrew hails lecturers as career change takes root

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.

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Mark Hall with business partner Andrew stood by a tree

Mark Hall

Mark scales the heights after retraining as arborist

It was an excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I got on very well with the lecturers. They knew so much and it almost felt like an honour to be able to absorb their knowledge as they passed it on. The wealth of information that was there throughout, from woodland management, to the practical side: you never felt you weren't getting what you needed.

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Douglas Porter stood in front of a tree

Douglas Porter

Tree surgeon Douglas set to branch out abroad

Derby College set me up for the future and really pushed my climbing – every day I wake up and I'm looking forward to work. At the moment I'm planning to go to New Zealand. The country looks amazing and the job is better paid over there.

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:44 pm