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?
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 https://www.ucas.com/***
What will I study on the course?
- 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
- 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
How is the course organised
Validated by: University of Cumbria
Duration: 2 years Full Time (Sept-June)
£7000 fees for 18/19
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.
How will my progress be assessed?
Assessment will be continuous via a wide range of methods including seminars, projects, presentations, reports, and practical exams.
Can I gain any extra qualifications while on the course?
It may be possible to take up student membership of an appropriate professional organisation.
What final qualification will I get if I am successful?
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.
Can I receive any financial support whilst I am studying?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I apply for this course?
You should apply for this course through UCAS and search either by course or for Northumberland College.
Please use this link to the UCAS website https://www.ucas.com/
The UCAS institution code for Northumberland College is N78.
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 http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/