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Level 2 Diploma in Practical Arboriculture Skills.

This one-year course gives you a solid foundation in the science and practice of arboriculture. You will benefit from undertaking practical hands-on work at the Broomfield Hall estate and in the surrounding countryside.

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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

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Course Information for Students

This course is for people who wish to pursue a career in arboriculture or forestry management. 

A keen interest in forestry work and chainsaws is required. GCSEs in English and Maths can be undertaken alongside this qualification if you have not attained a grade 4 prior to starting the course. 

You will have an interview which parents and carers are welcome to attend.  You will also be asked to show an example of any current work. 

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration any previous experience you may have.

You need to obtain relevant work experience: more details will be given at your interview. 

The course consists of: 

  • NPTC 0039-20 Cross Cutting and Maintenance with a Chainsaw
  • NPTC 0039-21 Felling Small Trees with a Chainsaw
  • NPTC 0039-22 Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue
  • Woodland Management
  • Tree Pests and Diseases
  • Estate Maintenance

You will learn via classroom sessions and practical hands-on experience with chainsaws and climbing at the Broomfield Hall Campus.

You will need to invest in: 

  • Chainsaw-approved trousers, boots, gloves and helmet
  • Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons
  • Derby College Group coveralls (these will be available to purchase during enrolment)
  • Derby College Group uniform
  • Writing materials, including a lever arch file and dividers
  • Work gloves
  • Outdoor clothing

 More information on Personal Protective Equipment will be given at your interview and induction. 

All NPTC qualifications are assessed through an external assessment. 

You could advance to an apprenticeship in arboriculture or a Level 3 qualification at Broomfield Hall.  

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

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

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

Agricultural and Fishing Trades


Agricultural and Fishing Trades

Forestry Workers


Forestry Workers

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 16, 2024 2:54 pm