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Arboriculture – Level 3 Extended Diploma at Sparsholt College

Course description

If you have a head for heights, then this course could be for you. While being taught by industry and academic experts, you’ll develop the practical skills and underpinning knowledge needed to go into the arboriculture industry or Higher Education.

Course content

You’ll perfect your skills in our extremely well equipped on site arboriculture and forestry department, as well as a variety of local off site facilities, from a private arboretum to Forestry Commission woodland and the New Forest.

Topics covered

• Principles of plant and soil science

• Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance

• Tree felling and chainsaw use

• Arboricultural skills

• Tree identification

• Pests and diseases of trees

• Advanced arboricultural practices

• Tree surveys and inspections

• Woodland habitat management

• Advanced arboricultural machinery

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Maths and Science/Level 2 Diploma at Merit level.

Mature students may be considered with alternative qualifications or experience.

You must be aged 17 or over at the start of the course due to age restrictions on chainsaw use.

Future opportunities

• FdSc/BSc in Arboriculture

• Arboricultural Association Technicians Certificate

• Level 6 Diploma in Arboriculture

• Self-employed arborist

• Tree Surveyor

• Conservation work

• Arboretum/Woodland/estate work

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 June 2016

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