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Forestry and Countryside Skills Level 2 Diploma at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

This course is run by highly experienced and qualified staff, who will teach you on our superb estate. You will have the opportunity to acquire qualifications that are recognised and required by the industry. The programme includes basic chainsaw use, tree planting and maintenance as well as developing broader skills, which ensure your progression towards a rewarding and satisfying career.

This is a very practical introduction to the skills required to work safely and effectively in the woodland industry. Establishing a broad understanding of the working environment is vital to becoming a valued and useful member of any forestry or woodland business. We spend much time on the College estate practising skills across a range of sites. Practical skills are underpinned with sound theory and working examples. We follow a seasonal work pattern and experience as much as possible on our 257 hectare estate dedicated to teaching purposes.

The course is designed as a ‘pre-apprenticeship’ programme.

Course content

You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.

  • Work Experience
  • Land-based Business Studies
  • Establish Trees and Shrubs
  • Carry Out Ground-based Arboriculture Operations
  • Felling and Extraction of Timber from Woodland
  • Participate in Providing Estate Maintenance
  • Introduction to the Principles of Land-based Machinery

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 1 qualification
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


Assessment is continuous, with assignments, projects and practical work. This course includes 150 hours of work experience through the duration of the course.

Future opportunities

There are various opportunities for further study or employment upon successful completion of your course.

Study options may include:

  • Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship in Forestry or Arboriculture
  • Industry-based Certificate of Competence

Employment options may include:

  • Forest/Woodland Worker in Public or Private Sectors
  • Grounds and Estate Maintenance
  • Self-employed
  • Conservation or Forestry work on Country Estate or for a Countryside Organisation

Further information

Maths and English

All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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