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Forestry and Arboriculture Level 2 Diploma at Bridgwater College

Course description

This course is ideal for those who are already working in the arboriculture industry or those looking to enter employment within the industry.  To complete the course you must undertake 150hrs of work experience plus attend College three days a week.

The course has a strong practical focus supported by key theoretical aspects. If you have an interest in trees, woodlands or timber production then this course is ideal for gaining a craft level qualification.

Course content

Within the course you will cover many the following modules: depending on the nature of work your employer is undertaking:

  • Undertake work related experience in the land-based industries
  • Environmental and land-based business
  • Disposal of wood arisings and residues from work on trees
  • Undertake tree felling operations
  • Undertake tree climbing and pruning operations
  • Introduction to land-based machinery
  • Identify and select trees and shrubs
  • Carry out ground-based Arboricultural Operations

Modules are delivered through a variety of methods including formal teaching, group activities and on site practical tree work.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at Grade E or better
  • Successful  completion of a level one qualification at Distinction
  • Successful Interview
  • Successful tree climb on your interview day

Mature students are welcome to apply.


  • Written examination (for English and maths)
  • Observed practical assessment
  • Written coursework
  • Portfolio
  • Witness testimonies
  • Weekly plant identification assessments
  • Group Presentations

Future opportunities

On successful completion of your course you may apply for the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Arboriculture. 90% of 2012/13 students secured full time work with their existing employer.

On completion, your course together with additional NPTC Certificates provides excellent opportunity to work abroad. We currently have past students working in Italy, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada and Sweden and Germany.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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