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Foundation Degree in Arboriculture

Kirkley Hall Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:
University of Newcastle

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Arboriculture Level 5

Start Date:
19 September

Who is the course for?

The course has been designed to appeal to students from a variety of backgrounds and if you have an interest in trees and care for the environment this could be the course for you.

This programme is highly work related and practical. It will offer further opportunities to gain qualifications and professional practice within the arboriculture sector.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

Entry requirements:

To study on this course, you should have the equivalent of 48 UCAS points and also have GCSE in English and Mathematics Grade A to C or 9 to 4, or level 2 equivalent qualifications.

Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered. Applicants will be required to evidence appropriate levels of work-related experience and/or vocational qualifications.

***PLEASE NOTE Applications should be made Via the UCAS site at***

UCAS Code:D5T5

What will I study on the course?

Modules include:

Year 1

- Personal Development and Planning, Research and Study Skills for Land-Based Sector,

- Numeracy Skills and Quantitative Methods Employability Skills,

- Principles of Plant and Soil Science

- Plants in the Landscape

- Tree Biology

- Management and Organisation of Tree Operations

- Planning and Design Principles

- Green space and land use Management

Year 2

- Investigative Project

- Scientific methodology and Experimental Design

- Principles of Land-based Enterprise Management

- Industrial experience

- Plant Conservation and Collections

- Tree Hazard Assessment

- Pest and Disease Management

- Arboriculture Contracting

Validated by: University of Cumbria

Duration: 2 years Full Time (Sept-June)

Level 5

Course Cost:

£6150 fees for 19/20

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips.

Assessment will be continuous via a wide range of methods including seminars, projects, presentations, reports, and practical exams.

It may be possible to take up student membership of an appropriate professional organisation.

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Arboriculture Level 5

On successful completion of this program, you will have the opportunity to progress to the BSc (Hons) Degree in Arboriculture at the Kirkley Hall campus. This qualification will provide you with the skills to work in middle management positions in both the public and private sectors e.g. tree officer or contract maintenance manager.

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Northumberland College is now part of the regional college group Education Partnership North East. The UCAS institution to apply for this programme is City of Sunderland College, with the institution code C69.

You should apply for this course through UCAS and search either by course or for City of Sunderland College.

Please use this link to the UCAS website

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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