Arboriculture student trimming a tree at East Durham College's Houghall Campus

Tree Surgery & Forestry Management

Our tree surgery and forestry management (Arboriculture) courses prepare you for a range of exciting careers in the ‘arb’ and forestry industry. All courses offer a clear progression route, enabling you to gain further academic qualifications and ultimately improve your career opportunities.

Put simply arboriculture is the science and art of caring for trees. It covers the cultivation, management and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines and other perennial woody plants. It is both a practical and science-based discipline.

The skills and knowledge our students gain include tree identification, disease recognition, strength for tree climbing and safe use of various cutting equipment. Arboriculture Student at East Durham College's Houghall Campus with chainsaw

Preparation for the workplace is an important component of our arboriculture courses too, so work-related activities and work experience placements play a vital role in your education.

Facilities & Resources

The College recently underwent a stunning £12.75 million redevelopment so you can be sure Houghall is an excellent place to study.

The College’s 476-acre estate boasts its very own extensive arboretum and pinetum (a collection of trees, many of which in Houghall’s case are extremely rare), as well as a variety of woodland, wetland, farmland and fields which offer a range of habitats for study and practical work.

The College also has a range of specialised arboriculture machinery, labs, specialist decay detection equipment and computerised tree inventory software. We ensure our students have access to the latest in climbing and safety equipment.

Progression & Careers

Students achieving a full level 3 programme have the opportunity to apply for university entrance to study on higher education courses such as arboriculture and urban forestry, countryside and environmental management and landscape design and management.

Our learners progress into employment as arborists (tree surgeons) or foresters, tree surveyors, tree inspectors, woodland rangers and managers and tree consultants.

We have been an approved assessment centre for City & Guilds NPTC for over 20 years.

As a highly respected institution within land based industries, courses at the Houghall Campus really will help your career grow!

For full time or part time arboriculture and forestry course enquires please call Student Services on 0191 375 4710.

Short Courses

We also offer a range of arboriculture and chain saw related short courses, please see below or call the Short Courses team for more details on 0191 375 4716.

Full Time Courses

To see full details on each of our Arboriculture and Forestry courses, run at the Houghall Campus in Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

These are the remaining courses available for applications that run in this academic year 2017/18. Please check the start dates within the specific course page itself. The courses for the next academic year, 2018/19 are listed in the next section below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2018/19, starting September 2018. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in forestry services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website