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Forestry & Arboriculture Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Reaseheath College

Course description

Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture. For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

A great opportunity if you’re thinking of branching out into the forestry and arboriculture industry.

You’ll benefit from working with industry experienced tutors, focusing on key areas including tree science, woodland management, forestry and tree care.

This industry relevant course is based at Reaseheath and combines theory sessions with off-site projects and work experience on other estates including some belonging to the Forestry Commission.

You will gain:

  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture
  • An NPTC qualification
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Course content

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Arboriculture skills
  • Tree inspection
  • Tree identification, planting and care
  • Tree biology
  • Tree pests and diseases
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Work experience
  • Tree planting and care
  • Free student membership of The Arboriculture Association
  • Silviculture
  • Forest machinery
  • Visiting speakers
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You will have the opportunity to work towards additional NPTC qualifications

You will study 6 units from the list above for the Subsidiary Diploma option

Entry requirements

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma
  • Career changers welcome

Future opportunities

Course options after this programme

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture with Distinction
  • Level 3 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture with Merit

Career options

  • Arboriculturist
  • Tree officer
  • Forestry worker
  • Woodland manager
  • Country estate worker
  • Countryside/conservation contractor

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

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    • You will be studying in the beautiful, rural setting of Cheshire, one mile from the market town of Nantwich with good connections to Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Chester. 

      The Reaseheath campus itself is small enough to retain its friendly, family atmosphere, but large enough for you to be able to mix with lots of groups of students. 

      Our front lawn is great to sit out on during the summer and the College lake has much wildlife to watch. 

      Over the past few years we have invested over £50 million in our campus to give you the best possible environment for learning. 

      A further £30 million investment is planned for the campus including a £6 million advanced agricultural technology and engineering facility, new halls of residence and new sporting facilities.