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Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture Level 3

Kirkley Hall Campus
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NPTC Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
11 September

Who is the course for?

The course is for individuals who would like a career in tree surgery, landscaping, local authority tree management or self-employment. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn a range of new practical skills, which will prepare you to carry out tree surgery and tree care operations. It will also provide you with the underpinning knowledge to enable you to progress within the industry in order to carry out a range of other exciting tasks and find other potential employment opportunities.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

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

What will I study on the course?

You will study the following units on this program:

- Tree climbing

- Tree pruning

- Legal aspects

- Plant science

- Tree identification

- Tree planting

- Tree felling

- Chainsaw use.

The course runs for 2.5 days per week over 1 Years.

Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations, written assignments, and identification tests. You will also have regular tutorials to monitor your progress and provide support throughout the course.

You will work towards NPTC assessments in tree climbing and chainsaw operations.

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment, including functional skills in Mathematics and English.

NPTC Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (QCF) Level 3

After completing the course you could build on what you have already achieved by studying a further 3 units. This would allow you to gain a 90 credit Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (Arboriculture).

Completing the course could also allow you to gain employment as a Tree surgeon, local authority tree inspector.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may 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 more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

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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