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Forestry and Arboriculture Level 3 90 Credit Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

The course is for people who would like a career in tree surgery, local authority tree management or self-employment. The ability to manage trees is the focus of this training. This will involve every aspect of tree work from planning, planting, maintenance to practical Tree care operations. This is an exciting career with great employment prospects both in the private and public sectors and the skills provided on this course will prepare you for both. Many graduates have also travelled abroad on completion of the program, so enrolment on this program could lead not just to employment but to a whole new way of life!

Course content

You will study exciting units including: Tree climbing, tree pruning, legal aspects, plant science, tree identification, tree planting, tree felling and chainsaw use, Heritage Gardens and arboreta, Specialist machinery.

Entry requirements

To study on the course you will need to be over 16 and have one of the following entry requirements: - 4 GCSEs at grade C or above Intermediate GNVQ First Diploma Mature students and applicants with a significant level of experience will also be considered


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations, written assignments, and identification tests. There will be regular Tutorials to assess your progress and opportunities to discuss your future and additional qualifications that might enhance your future career prospects.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could build on what you have already achieved by studying a further 9 units. This would allow you to gain an Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (Arboriculture). Completing the course could also allow you to gain employment as a Tree surgeon, local authority tree inspector, and Assistant tree officer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities