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 three 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 and Level 1 courses are ideal if you would like more time to develop your skills before progressing on to further study.
Gain sound knowledge and practical skills in tree and forestry management. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a variety of natural habitats and wildlife, Bicton College has an outstanding collection of mature specimen trees for you to study.
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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GCSE English and maths at grade E or 2, or equivalent qualifications at Entry Level 3. Plus an interest in woodland habitat and arboriculture.
Learn the basic skills required to progress to further education in countryside and conservation, arboriculture or horticulture. You will learn how to work safely in the natural environment, with a range of equipment essential to a wide variety of sites and situations. Become confident in the day-to-day tasks associated with working in estates, parks, gardens and woodland, as well as developing wider skills such as working with others, problem solving and personal planning.
Your assignments and projects to be assessed throughout the course.
Learning hands-on skills.
A traineeship or an apprenticeship or further studies.
Phillip Hruza Programme Manager - Arboriculture
Phillip has worked in the industry for 10 years, progressing from a full-time climber to running his own business. He started working with Bicton College as an instructor and now manages the arboriculture programme. His specialism is practical aerial arboriculture; helping students to learn the skills and techniques to work safely and efficiently making sure they are fully prepared for the demands of the industry.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.