Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in

Forestry and Arboriculture

This is a great course if you’re thinking of branching out into the forestry and arboriculture industry.

You’ll benefit from working with industry experienced tutors and focus 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.

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?

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths, English 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

Student Profile
Tom Bithell

Current job role: Trainee arborist, Arb Tree Care

Previous course: Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Forestry and
Arboriculture, 2018

“Coming to Reaseheath I wasn’t entirely sure where I wanted to take my career, I knew I liked working with trees, but wanted to explore the arboriculture industry further. I found I really enjoyed climbing, which was especially surprising as I’m actually scared of heights!

“I feel that being at college and gaining a greater understanding of the skills and safety around climbing has really helped build my confidence. It was through meeting people on my course that I came across the opportunity to work for Arb Tree Care. I’m working there full time now I’ve finished my course, and I’m excited to see where my career will take me next.”