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Arboriculture - City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) at Myerscough College

Course description

The new Level 3 Diploma Advancd Technical qualifications are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical skills with academic theory and classroom study. The Advanced Technicl Certificate is a one-year study programme broaly equivalent to one A-Level.

Course content

On the City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) students learn the principles of plant science (the function of plant structures, tree growth and development) and soil science (investigating soil characteristics and how they affect tree growth and development) in relation to woodland, park and forest maintenance.

Additional units cover the identification, planting and care of trees (classification, site requirements for planting, equipment required and aftercare), principles of tree felling and chainsaw use, pruning and maintenance techniques, forest and woodland skills (fencing, drainage and vegetation control) as well as an investigative project – researching a specific topic related to arboriculture.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 3 qualification, studentson the Subsidiary Diploma also have the opportunity to studytowards a range of important NPTC Awards. These may include certificates in chainsaw use, climbing trees and performing aerial rescue, using manually fed wood chippers and safe manual handling.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade  4 (C) or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Certificate at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


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

Future opportunities

Royal Forestry Society part-time online study programmes.

Careers opportunities include local authortity and private contracting, self employed tree contracting, tree work team supervisor or work as climber or groundperson.

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

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Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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