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Trees and Timber Apprenticeship (Arborist) - Level 2 or 3 at Askham Bryan College

Course description

Work-based learning and assessment at your place of work with some college-based study. Learners must be in a paid work placement to commence an apprenticeship programme, and would usually enter at the Level 2 Apprenticeship stage before progressing to the Level 3.

Course content

Course Themes:

• Woodchipper operations

• Tree identification

• Tree climbing and aerial rescue

• Mobile elevated work platforms

• Maintenance of chainsaws

• Cross cutting with chainsaws

• Aerial tree pruning

• Small tree felling

• Pollution incidents

• Prepare a safe working site

• Chainsaw from rope and harness

• Health and Safety

• English and maths

• Plan, deliver and evaluate environmental projects

• Produce management plans for environmental sites

• Carry out surveys and communicate findings  

Actual course themes studied will be dependent on level. 

Entry requirements

Level 2 Apprenticeship: Level 1 Maths and English equivalent to GCSE grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) or above, plus suitable and relevant employment and will be expected to work towards Level 2 Maths and English where this has not been achieved.

Level 3 Apprenticeship: Usually a Level 2 work-based qualification (Intermediate Apprenticeship) or considerable work experience, plus suitable employment. Applicants must be capable of achieving, or have achieved, Level 2 Maths and English.



A mix between assessment at your place of work and some study at the College.

Financial information

For financial information please contact Student Support on 01904 772201 or email

Future opportunities

Further study:

A Level 3 course such as the Diplomain Forestry and Arboriculture or a Degree in a related subject.


A range of opportunities including employment abroad. After gaining experience you could then start your own business.

Further information
Telephone: 01904 772211

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017
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