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 2019 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 bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 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
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.”