Technical Baccalaureate in

Forestry and Arboriculture

Stand out from the crowd by studying this highly technical course in forestry and arboriculture.

Taught by industry and academic experts this TechBacc is ideal for high achievers keen to start their career in the forestry industry.

As part of the course you’ll learn a range of arboriculture and tree care skills, explore plant and soil science and complete a specialist industry placement and an extended research project.

At a glance

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 5 GCSEs at grades C or above to include English, Maths and Science at grade B, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment at Merit or above with GCSE grade B in Maths and English
  • Those with other level 2 qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Level 3 Extended Project qualification

Successful completion of these 3 elements will result in the awarding of the Technical Baccalaureate performance measure

Higher Education course options

Career options

  • Arboriculturist
  • Tree officer
  • Forestry worker
  • Woodland manager
  • Country estate worker
  • Countryside/conservation contractor
Year 1 modules

What will I study?

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Arboriculture skills
  • Tree inspection
  • Tree identification, planting and care
  • Tree biology

You will also have the chance to work towards additional qualifications:

  • One NPTC qualification in each year of study e.g. Chainsaw Maintenance, Pesticide Application, Use of Firearms and ATV
Year 2 modules

What will I study?

  • Tree pests and diseases
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Tree planting and care
  • Silviculture
  • Forest machinery

You will also have the chance to work towards additional qualifications:

  • One NPTC qualification in each year of study e.g. Chainsaw Maintenance, Pesticide Application, Use of Firearms and ATV
Industry mentor

Depending on the route chosen – all students complete an industry based placement and will be assigned an ‘Industry Mentor’ who will provide support and guidance during your course programme.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will best prepare you for a career in the Forestry industry.

If a sandwich year placement is undertaken (year 2 of the programme) this is for 12 months

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2017 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.

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