Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended 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.

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.

Advanced Technical 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?

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 2018 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.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


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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Student Profile
Ed Young

Ambition: Climber/tree surgeon

School: Lymm High School

Age: 20

Ed believes becoming an arboriculture student is the best decision he’s made.

After gaining his Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment, Ed is enjoying the opportunity to focus on his passion for climbing.

He’s also taking the chance to strengthen his skills in chainsaw handling and pruning – brilliant experience for his part time job with Border Tree Care.

Once Ed’s completed his Level 3 course he’s hoping to emigrate to New Zealand and become a professional climber. He believes his course is preparing him well for the challenge.

Ed says: “The staff are so supportive, and their knowledge is outstanding as they’ve all worked in the industry. I love exploring the campus, and it’s an ideal setting for our practical sessions.”