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Arboriculture - City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 2 City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate is an excellent introductory course for students wishing to further their knowledge of tree care. It is extremely popular with school leavers and provides practical knowledge and experience, combining this with an academic study of the principles of the subject. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of the subject, with a view to progressing to one of our Level 3 courses, or to start work in the industry.

Course content

Students undertake a range of units which cover environmental and land-based business (finance, marketing and business analysis) and a work experience module within the arboriculture industry. Additional modules cover an overview of the arboriculture sector (practical woodland skills, tree climbing and general tree work), tree and woodland ecology, an introduction to land-based machinery and site surveying techniques.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 2 City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate qualification, students also undertake the NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Manually Fed Wood Chippers, the NPTC Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue and the ABC Level 1 Certificate in Practical Countryside Skills.

Entry requirements

Students are normally aged 16 or over and have some level of achievement in GCSE or relevant Further Education qualifications and have gained a minimum of grade  3 (D) in two or more subjects, including English Language.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Progression to City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) in Arboriculture.

Career opportunities include grounds maintenance work and work as grounds staff for an arboriculture contractor.

Further information

Arboriculture involves all aspects of the care and management of trees and woodlands, so that people and trees can co-exist in a sustainable environment.

The arboriculture industry is rapidly expanding, fuelled by growing awareness of the need for correct tree management and heightened public interest in environmental issues.

Advances in tree biology, equipment and techniques have resulted in fundamental
changes to traditional tree work practices and arboriculture has moved away from the ‘tree surgery’ approach to ‘tree care’ approach.

Myerscough College works closely with employers and industry organisations to ensure that our students have the necessary skills and expertise to meet the requirements of this growing industry. Our students are highly sought after, with many now working as professionally qualified arborists in highly rewarding positions throughout the industry.

Myerscough College really is at the ‘cutting edge’ of developments in arboriculture.

It is rightly regarded by many people as the leading UK centre for further and higher education in the subject. Myerscough introduced the UK’s first Foundation Degree and the first Honours Degree in Arboriculture. It went on to develop the first online Degrees and, most recently, the first Masters Degree in Arboriculture. It continues to set the international standard for education in arboriculture, with many students progressing to make significant contributions to the industry.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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