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Forestry and Arboriculture Level 3 Diploma at Bridgwater College

Course description

  • Professional Arborists wanting a technician level 3 qualification or students who have successfully completed a level 2 Diploma in Arboriculture with a credit or distinction
  • Anyone wishing to enter the arboriculture industry, particularly those who wish to become a climbing Arborist
  • Anyone aspiring to become a manager within this specialist industry
  • Committed individuals with a sound balance of practical and academic skills

Course content

The 120 credit Level 3 Diploma comprises of 13 modules designed to offer a broad learning experience for students which including theoretical classroom work, workshop activities and on site practical skills work. Across the two years you will study:

Year 1

  • Understand the Principles of Plant Science
  • Understand the Principles of Soil Science
  • Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
  • Undertake & Review Work-Related Experience in the Land-based Industries
  • Understand & Carry Out Identification, Planting & Care of Trees
  • Understand the Principles of Tree Felling & Chainsaw Use
  • Undertake Arboricultural Skills

Year 2

  • Understand the Principles & Identify the Signs of Pests & Diseases of Trees
  • Undertaking Woodland Habitat
  • Operate, Maintain & Understand the Principles of Specialist Forestry & Arboricultural machinery
  • Understand the Principles of Tree Science
  • Undertake Advanced Arboricultural Practices
  • Undertake Contract Management in the Land-based Industries

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs in the A – C range including Maths and English
  • Successful  completion of a Level 2 qualification at Merit or Distinction
  • Successful Interview which includes a tree climbing practical evaluation
  • This course is suitable for mature students


Students will be assessed through a range of methods.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Coursework – written work, oral presentations, portfolios and in-class tests on work previously covered
  • Practical assessment – working on the College grounds, in forests or other worksites visited during practical taught session
  • Work place assessment – your work placement provider will summarise your performance throughout your placement.  You will also have to produce a piece of written work, a personal diary and a presentation to staff & peers

Future opportunities

  • You can progress to a Level 4 course in Countryside Management or Horticulture thus broadening your knowledge and increasing your career opportunities
  • Progression is into industry for full time employment

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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