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Forestry & Arboriculture Certificate

Bicton College Bicton LEVEL: 2 Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture

Arboriculture (or tree surgery) is the perfect career if you have a good head for heights, love working outdoors and wish to help conserve and protect trees. As an arboriculturist you will be responsible for cultivating and managing shrubs, hedgerows and trees, in both rural and urban settings and will be involved in all aspects of felling, preserving, planting and protecting trees.

We offer two options for you to gain a career in the arboriculture industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected with the option to progress to Level 3.

The extensive Bicton College estate is the perfect setting to hone your forestry and arboriculture skills. Home to over 200 hectares of extensive parklands, an arboretum housing specimen trees, machinery workshops and opportunities to develop your tree climbing techniques, Bicton College will give you all the in-depth knowledge you need to start your career as an arboriculturist.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You wish to gain a thorough knowledge of trees, their care and progress onto our Level 3 course.

You’ll need:

GCSE English and maths at grade 3.

You’ll learn:

You will develop the essential knowledge and skills of chainsaw maintenance and the safe use of a range of equipment required in tree felling and tree work. As an arborist you will also develop your plant identification skills, being able to plant and maintain trees as well as honing your climbing and aerial rescue abilities. You will need a head for heights as well as a keen interest in safe working practices.


As part of your study programme you will also need to complete a work placement to develop your practical and employability skills in the real world of work.

You’ll love:

The historic Bicton estate with extensive parklands, arboretum and specimen trees.

You’ll go on to:

Continue your studies with our Forestry & Arboriculture Diploma Level 3 or our Arboriculture Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, or go into employment.

Careers in this industry 

- Arboricultural officer
- Forestry worker
- Forest officer
- Arboriculture consultant
- Forest pathologist
- Forest ranger
- Forest manager
- Urban forester
- Biodiversity officer

Progression Courses



Forestry & Arboriculture Certificate

Start Date

September 2020




1 year

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