Printer Friendly and PDF

C&G Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture (QCF)

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector, e.g. in the forestry industry. This is a nationally recognised course with excellent career prospects in the arboriculture industry either directly employed or self employed.

Overview of the course: 

The course runs over 2 years with successful completion of year 1 resulting in you achieving a Level 3 subsidiary diploma in forestry and arboriculture. The second year ensures you will gain credits to achieve the Level 3 extended diploma in forestry and arboriculture. You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics and get hands-on experience working on the Houghall estate and external sites. You will also be given the opportunity to train for certificates in competency to improve your employability skills.

Entry requirements: 

Direct entry - Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 including Maths, English and Science. Progression entry - A Level 2 qualification in forestry and arboriculture (Merit overall) (Minimum entry 1 maths and English)


Topics covered in the course: Maths & English, Health and safety and safe working practices, Work experience, tree climbing, chainsaw use, pests and diseases, tree surveys, woodland ecology and management, business, tree pruning and arboriculture skills, machinery and science.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course through written tasks, assignments, tests and practical activities.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of the course, progression options include the level 4 diploma in arboriculture, or qualifications in Horticulture or Environmental Conservation. Apprenticeship routes are also available at Level 3 in forestry and arboriculture.

Length of the course: 

2 Year programme full time, this course follows on from the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £4050.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
City & Guilds Group Bursaries are available to learners starting or completing a City & Guilds or ILM qualification, starting courses on or after 1st September 2017.

To qualify learners need to be able to
- Demonstrate genuine financial need that would otherwise prevent them from completing their chosen qualification
- Be over 19 years old
- Be a UK resident.

Bursaries range from £200 to £10,000 and can cover any costs that arise as a result of the learner undertaking a City & Guilds or ILM qualification.

This can include
- Course fees
- Travel Expenses
- Materials/ Tools/ Books
- Childcare
- *Living Costs

To apply, visit
Learners need to initially register online (this takes around 30 seconds). Once they have registered, they then get access to the full online application.

*Please note Living Costs are rarely supported and only considered in extreme circumstances.

Closing date - Monday, 12 June 2017, 10am

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (18 Jul 2018 11:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

The following information comes from Career Explorer, an online tool designed to help you research your education and career options. Here you will find information on jobs right here in the region, including links to actual job vacancies, potential earnings and our courses that can help you achieve an outstanding future. Click here to explore Career Explorer further..

How to apply: 

To apply online for this course, please click on the 'Apply for this course' button below.
Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

Apply for this course

If you're not quite ready to apply for this course and would like some more information or to speak to a member of staff then send us an enquiry.

Enquire about this course