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Forestry & Arboriculture Technical Baccalaureate at Reaseheath College

Course description

The Technical Baccalaureate is a government backed programme that is designed for talented individuals who wish to pursuing a career within the field of forestry and arboriculture.

The ‘Tech Bacc’ enables you to study the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture alongside a Level 3 Maths qualification and extended industry project. In addition you will also complete a work placement with an employer in your vocational area of interest.

The course is designed for students who can demonstrate academic ability and a passion for the industry, and will provide a challenging and exciting opportunity to study this discipline at level 3.

The Tech Bacc provides an excellent foundation for progression onto specialist courses at university as it is equivalent to 4.5 A-Levels but can also provide a direct pathway into employment within the industry or onto Higher Apprenticeships.

You will gain:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Level 3 Extended Project qualification

Successful completion of these 3 elements will result in the awarding of the Technical Baccalaureate performance measure

Course content

Year 1

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Arboriculture skills
  • Tree inspection
  • Tree identification, planting and care
  • Tree biology

You will also have the chance to work towards additional qualifications:

  • One NPTC qualification in each year of study e.g. Chainsaw Maintenance, Pesticide Application, Use of Firearms and ATV

Year 2

  • Tree pests and diseases
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Tree planting and care
  • Silviculture
  • Forest machinery

You will also have the chance to work towards additional qualifications:

  • One NPTC qualification in each year of study e.g. Chainsaw Maintenance, Pesticide Application, Use of Firearms and ATV

Depending on the route chosen – all students complete an industry based placement and will be assigned an ‘Industry Mentor’ who will provide 1:1 support and guidance during your course programme.

This will help you to develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will best prepare you for a career in the Forestry industry.

If a sandwich year placement is undertaken (year 2 of the programme) this is for 12 months

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A – C or above to include English, Maths and Science at grade B, or
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment at Merit or above with GCSE grade B in Maths and English. Those with other level 2 qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis

Future opportunities

Course options after this programme

  • You may progress into Higher Education, gain employment within the industry or start a Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Education course options

  • Foundation degree in Environmental Conservation and Land Management
  • Foundation degree Countryside, Conservation and Recreation Management
  • A range of related degree programmes

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.