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Forestry and Arboriculture Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

The course is for individuals who would like a career in tree surgery, landscaping, local authority tree management or self-employment. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn a range of new practical skills, which will prepare you to carry out tree surgery and tree care operations. It will also provide you with the underpinning knowledge to enable you to progress within the industry in order to carry out a range of other exciting tasks and find other potential employment opportunities.

Course content

You will study the following units on this program: - Tree climbing - Tree pruning - Legal aspects - Plant science - Tree identification - Tree planting - Tree felling - Chainsaw use.

Entry requirements

To study on the course you will need to be over 16 and have one of the following entry requirements: - 4 GCSEs at grade C or above Intermediate GNVQ First Diploma Mature students and applicants with a significant level of experience will also be considered


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations, written assignments, and identification tests. You will also have regular tutorials to monitor your progress and provide support throughout the course.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could build on what you have already achieved by studying a further 3 units. This would allow you to gain a 90 credit Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (Arboriculture). Completing the course could also allow you to gain employment as a Tree surgeon, local authority tree inspector.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.