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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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Andrew Fretwell

Andrew Fretwell

Award-winner Andrew hails lecturers as career change takes root

An award-winning mature student says he felt a sense of "privilege" to be trained by lecturers at Broomfield Hall.
Andrew Fretwell, 39, took redundancy from his supervisor's job at Tesco in Alfreton and decided to relaunch his career in arboriculture.
He completed his one year Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture as the only student to gain a Distinction* – and was named Arboriculture Student of the Year.
Andrew said he felt proud to gain the accolade and gave particular praise to lecturer Simon Hunt, who he said had contributed hugely to his achievements.
Now Andrew has set up Green Line Tree Services with his friend Mark Hall, who also took taking redundancy from Tesco. Mark joined Andrew in retraining at Broomfield where he gained a Distinction.
Andrew said:

I loved the course from start to finish. Every aspect of each section had somebody knowledgeable. It felt like a privilege having the chance to get trained by them, and especially by Simon Hunt who gave us a lot of attention. Simon is trained to a really high level and he'd come in once a week to help with practical training.

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