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Forestry and Arboriculture - C&G Level 2 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities and will work to collect evidence throughout the year of the skills that you are gaining. This work will then be used to build a portfolio of evidence for the course. The Houghall estate provides the ideal environment for you to gain practical skills and knowledge and also gives you the opportunity to develop essential employability skills. You will also get the opportunity to work on external sites for separate companies gaining vital experience.

Course content


Topics covered in the course: Maths & English, Health and safety and safe working practices, Work experience, habitat management, planting, cross cutting and stacking, aerial and ground level arboricultural skills, tree identification, wooden management, soil science and pests and diseases.


Entry requirements

Direct entry - Minimum of 3 GCSEs D or above including Maths, English and Science Progression entry - A Level 1 qualification (Minimum entry 3 maths and English)


You will be assessed throughout the course through written tasks and practical activities.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector, e.g. assisting in the forestry industry. You will gain craftsperson status within the industry.

Further information

Following successful completion of the course, progression options include the level 3 diploma in arboriculture, or qualifications in Horticulture or Environmental Conservation. Apprenticeship routes are also available at Level 2 & 3 in forestry and arboriculture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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    • The College's Houghall Campus is located on the outskirts of Durham City centre. The Campus has an excellent reputation for a range of land based studies and is highly regarded amongst those within land based industries. The campus has excellent facilities including an arboretum, pinetum, working farm, stables and a specialist small animal care unit, all set amongst stunning grounds and countryside. These coupled with outstanding lecturers who share a passion for the outdoors, students with an interest in land based studies can be assured they have come to the right place.