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Arboriculture & Forestry Level 3 Extended Diploma  - 2019:20

Location: Merrist Wood College
Course Code: ED02LF1A020P
Year: 2019:20
Start Date:  09/09/2019
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: This is a full time programme
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 

Skills and knowledge for employment at supervisory and managerial level. Content includes practical skills and knowledge for craft level work.

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.

Course Modules 

Course content includes:

  • Investigative Project
  • Plant Science
  • Identification Planting and Establish
  • Planting, Aftercare and Protection
  • Tree and Shrub Pruning
  • Silviculture
  • Operate specialist forestry and Arboricultural Machinery
  • Timber Conversion and Utilisation
  • Undertake Arboricultural Skills
  • Tree Felling and Chainsaw Use
  • Principles of Forest Recreation

Why Study Here

Practical work is carried out both in the woods, the golf course and ornamental grounds of the college's 280-hectare estate and on outside worksites, giving a good range of realistic working situations. Skilled and experienced tutors make full use of the well-equipped workshops, laboratories and wide range of machinery during the course, whilst the diverse range of tree and shrub species in the woodlands, ornamental grounds and plant nursery provides an excellent resource for developing plant knowledge. Several renowned gardens and aboreta, such as Kew, Wisley and Winkworth, are within easy reach of Merrist Wood.

Suitable For

Anyone wanting practical training and knowledge of arboriculture needed for craft level work in the industry

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths, English and a Science subject, or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above. You must have proven ability in tree climbing or be prepared to take a short tree climbing course.

Delivery Method

A mixture of practical and theoretical lessons.


Project work and written and practical skills tests.

Further Study

You could progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma or employment with tree surgeons, arboricultural contractors and planning departments or self-employment.

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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