Level 3 Diplomas in

Forestry and Arboriculture

Leading to an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma

Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture. For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

A great opportunity if you’re thinking of branching out into the forestry and arboriculture industry.

You’ll benefit from working with industry experienced tutors, focusing on key areas including tree science, woodland management, forestry and tree care.

This industry relevant course is based at Reaseheath and combines theory sessions with off-site projects and work experience on other estates including some belonging to the Forestry Commission.

Extended Diploma

What will I study?

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Arboriculture skills
  • Tree inspection
  • Tree identification, planting and care
  • Tree biology
  • Tree pests and diseases
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Work experience
  • Tree planting and care
  • Free student membership of The Arboriculture Association
  • Silviculture
  • Forest machinery
  • Visiting speakers
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional NPTC qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, these must include English, Maths and Science, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Arboriculturist
  • Tree officer
  • Forestry worker
  • Woodland manager
  • Country estate worker
  • Countryside/conservation contractor
Diploma

What will I study?

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Arboriculture skills
  • Tree inspection
  • Tree identification, planting and care
  • Tree biology
  • Tree pests and diseases
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Work experience
  • Tree planting and care
  • Free student membership of The Arboriculture Association
  • Silviculture
  • Forest machinery
  • Visiting speakers
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional NPTC qualifications

*You will study 12 units from the list above for the Diploma option

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, preferably including English, Maths and Science, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Arboriculturist
  • Tree officer
  • Forestry worker
  • Woodland manager
  • Country estate worker
  • Countryside/conservation contractor
Subsidiary

What will I study?

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Arboriculture skills
  • Tree inspection
  • Tree identification, planting and care
  • Tree biology
  • Tree pests and diseases
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Work experience
  • Tree planting and care
  • Free student membership of The Arboriculture Association
  • Silviculture
  • Forest machinery
  • Visiting speakers
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional NPTC qualifications

*You will study 6 units from the list above for the Subsidiary Diploma option

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Arboriculturist
  • Tree officer
  • Forestry worker
  • Woodland manager
  • Country estate worker
  • Countryside/conservation contractor
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional NPTC qualifications, including:

  • Chainsaw Use
  • Tree Climbing
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2016 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

WATCH: Forestry Careers in 60 Seconds

Student Profile
Joe Clarke

Ambition: Instructor / Assessor

School: Tarporley High School

Age: 17

Joe admits he didn’t enjoy learning in the classroom but he’s climbing to the top of the tree in the arboriculture industry.

Fired up by a chainsaw demonstration at one of our course information events, Joe asked for a hedge cutter for his 15th birthday and bought a strimmer with the money he made from cutting his neighbours’ hedges.

The young entrepreneur now works full time as a freelance tree climber but still does tree care and gardening projects.

Coming to Reaseheath gave Joe the chance to learn more advanced skills like tree reduction, crown lift and how to check for fungus. He also gained the extra qualifications necessary for insurance such as chainsaw operation, climbing and aerial rescue and using a chainsaw from rope and harness.

He took part in an exciting tree climbing demonstration at our Family Festival and he also helped promote Reaseheath at the Cheshire Show.

But his best moments were spent having a laugh with fellow students and staff. Joe says: “It’s great being with people who are interested in the same stuff. There’s always someone to talk to at Reaseheath.”