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Level 3 Forestry at Newton Rigg College

Course description

On this course you will learn practical skills and knowledge necessary for employment in more advanced roles in the sector or progression to higher study programmes.

Course content

Course Themes:

• Felling and chainsaw operations • Forestry machinery • Arboricultural operations • Tree identification • Tree and plant science • Habitat management • Forest and woodland skills • Forest recreation • Business management • Work experience • English and maths provision where applicable  



Opportunities exists to gain a selection of nationally recognised

industry qualifications, but additional charges may apply:

NPTC CS30 - Chainsaw maintenance Cross Cut and Stack

NPTC CS31 - Felling Small Trees

NPTC CS38 - Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue

NPTC CS39 Use of a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness

NPTC - Woodchipper

Tractor Driving

NPTC CS30 PA1 and 6 (Knapsack sprayer)

Emergency First Aid

Entry requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include any 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a grade D in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English and Maths at Level 2

Financial information

For financial information please contact 01768 893400 or email

Future opportunities

Further study:

Higher education qualifications such as the

Foundation Degree in Arboriculture.


Assistant Head Foresters, Forestry Contractors

including Harvesting and/or Establishment, Woodland

Manager, Arborist - Lead Climber, Team Leader or suppervisor.

Many students enter the field of tree surgery contracting and

there are good career opportunities world-wide, especially in

Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Further information
Telephone: 01768 893400

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 October 2015
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