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Forestry and Aboriculture- Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code FOF005/12/PROG
Qualification Type Degree
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you�re either at college or working in the forestry industry, choosing to study Level 3 at Plumpton is an excellent choice for the next stage of your career.

Building on all of the skills and knowledge that you already have, you�ll get to spend lots of time understanding tree and woodland care at our excellent facilities here at Plumpton. With over 800 hectares of land for you to explore, you�ll be choosing the perfect location.

These are a suite of level 3 qualifications (equivalent to A level) which can be studied in a variety of combinations to allow flexibility and to help you to develop your arboricultural and forestry skills along with increasing your underpinning knowledge and understanding of tree and woodland care.

This course is designed to prepare people for entry to the forestry or arboriculture industries as an operator and includes a wide range of skills and knowledge.

Year 1 of the programme will cover primarily arboricultural and tree care skills and will also include plant and soil science and machinery operation.

Year 2 will cover forestry skills, estate skills and more advanced arboricultural skills and knowledge. There will generally be more theory based sessions in the second year.

Work experience is undertaken throughout the programme as it is ideal preparation for employment on completion as well as being a core module for the course. There will be the opportunity for students to access external assessment to gain chainsaw and tree climbing certificates of competence (NPTC) as additional qualifications.

Qualifications Gained
  • Chainsaw and related operations certificates of competence (NPTC): L2 20/202, 203, 206, L3 306, 308 (Additional charges for assessment and registration fees will apply)
  • Health and safety qualifications
  • Plumpton College Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths


Year 1
  • Plant and soil science
  • Tree planting, identification, and care
  • Work experience
  • Tree felling and chainsaw use
  • Forest and woodland skills
  • Specialist forestry & arboricultural machinery
  • Arboriculture skills
  • English & Maths
Year 2
  • Work experience
  • Specialist investigative project
  • Pests and diseases
  • Tree surveys, inspections and data analysis
  • Timber conversion and use
  • Advanced arboricultural skills
  • English & Maths

How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements


  • You�ll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between Grade A-C (new grades 9-4) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 qualification
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered 


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