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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you’re interested in a career in arboriculture and forestry management, this one-year course gives you a thorough grounding in both the science and the practice. You will develop your abilities through practical tasks in woodlands at Broomfield Hall and other rural settings. 

Entry requirements

As well as a strong interest in arboriculture, you need to demonstrate the ability to undertake a Level 2 programme. Candidates are interviewed and their climbing aptitude is assessed at the start of the course. You also need to be physically fit.

You need one of the following:

  • Introductory Diploma in a related subject, or
  • Three GCSEs at grade D or above.

You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.  Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.

Course Content

Units include:

  • Undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Environmental and land-based industries

In addition to these units, you will study Functional Skills.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed in a range of ways, including written assignments, practical skill tests and an identification test.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need specialist kit including helmets and chainsaw clothing.  This will be discussed with you at your interview.  A specialist company visits the College during Induction Week to advise learners.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to an advanced course in Arboriculture – or a related subject – or to an Advanced Diploma. However, you must have a minimum of a Merit grade for the Advanced Diploma.


You can go into work in forestry and arboriculture or become self-employed, using the skills and knowledge that you have gained from the course.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Douglas Porter

Douglas Porter

Tree surgeon Douglas set to branch out abroad

A schoolboy who loved climbing has grown up to be a skilled tree surgeon planning to work on the other side of the world.
Douglas Porter (19) says Derby College "set me up for the future" and he wakes up excited about work every day.
The Tansley teenager's parents used to be Park Rangers on Derbyshire's High Peak Trail and when he went out with them as a boy he "just loved climbing trees."
He helped out, aged just 15 with a local tree surgeons' business, where members of staff recommended Broomfield Hall to him.
Douglas gained a distinction after studying for the college's one year Level 2 Diploma in Forestry Arboriculture.
He enjoyed the "hands-on" course, which included chainsaw maintenance, industry legislation, how to climb and work safely and a business module. He gained his Level 3 with a merit at a college in York.
He said:

Derby College set me up for the future and really pushed my climbing – every day I wake up and I'm looking forward to work. At the moment I'm planning to go to New Zealand. The country looks amazing and the job is better paid over there.

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