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Forestry and Arboriculture Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This course will provide a good understanding of the principles and practices of arboriculture with additional studies of science and machinery.

Course content

These are typical modules of study over the two year programme:


  • Understand the principles of plant science
  • Understand the principles of soil science
  • Understand and carry out identification, planting and establishment of trees and shrubs for forestry and arboriculture
  • Undertake land-based machinery operations
  • Understand the principles and identify the signs of pests and diseases in trees
  • Undertake tree surveys and inspections and analyse the date
  • Understand the principles of tree felling and chainsaw use
  • Undertake and review work related experience in land-based industries
  • Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector
  • Business management in the land-base sector
  • Undertake arboricultural skills
  • Operate, maintain and understand the principles of forestry and arboricultural machinery
  • Understand and plan urban and community forestry projects
  • Undertake tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Understand and carry out tree and shrub planting, aftercare and protection for forestry and arboriculture  
  •  Understand the principles of tree science
  • Undertake advanced arboricultural practices
  • Manage heritage gardens and arboreta
  • Understand the principles of forest recreation

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, to include English Language, Maths and Science.

Merit grade for an appropriate Level 2 qualification.

A positive academic or employment reference.


The Extended  Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture units are assessed by a mixture of practical and written assessments (eg. assignments).

Future opportunities


Successful completion of this diploma can be used as a means to enter employment and there are a wide range of career opportunities available. The increasing demands on the environment ensures employment for those who can sustain timber plantations. Tree preservation in urban areas demands workers competent in tree climbing and tree surgery skills.

On successful completion of this course, it is equivalent to three 'A' levels.

The qualification is accredited with UCAS points for entry onto higher educational courses.


Studens can also consider higher qualifications such as the Foundation Degree in Arboriculture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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