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16-18 Course Details

Arboriculture and Countryside Level 2 Diploma - 2019:20

Location: Merrist Wood College
Course Code: FD02LF1A003P
Year: 2019:20
Start Date:  09/09/2019
Duration: 1 Year
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Exam Board:  City and Guilds of London Institute
Fund Type: L
Tuition Fees (16-19): £ 0
Exam Fees (16-19): £ 0
Subject Area

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Content / Overview 

This course is ideal if you are interested in arboriculture and countryside management.  You will learn the skills and knowledge required to pursue employment in these industries, or to prepare for further training.

You will learn a range of practical skills in arboriculture and forestry, and countryside and estate management, to prepare you for further study or employment in your chosen pathway.

Course content includes:

  • Estate maintenance skills
  • Woodland skills
  • Machinery and tractor driving
  • Work experience
  • Ecology of trees, woods and forests
  • British habitat conservation

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Why Study Here

Practical work is carried out on our extensive 400 acre estate with woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands. You will also complete external work experience, which will help you to develop your skills and experience.

You will have access to our well-equipped workshops and wide range of industry standard machinery, and will be taught by expert staff who have previous experience of working in the industry.

Suitable For

This course is designed to provide you with an introduction to the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required for a successful career in the countryside or arboriculture industries.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

Between two and four GCSEs at grades 2-3 (grade D - E) or above, including Maths and English, or a Level 1 qualification at Merit or above.

Delivery Method

You will learn through a mixture of practical and theory sessions.


You will be assessed through assignments, projects, group work, short written tests, practical tests and a  portfolio.

Further Study

On successful completion you could progress on our Level 3 Arboriculture or Countryside Management courses, or pursue employment at entry level within these industries.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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