Introduction to Arboriculture and Environmental Studies Diploma (Level 1)

Course overview

This course will introduce you to working with plants, trees, and wildlife conservation within the environment.

This course is ideal for school leavers who are seeking to explore careers in arboriculture, agriculture or environmental conservation. It also provides an opportunity for you to develop personal, social and employability skills in a highly supportive environment.

You will primarily work outdoors on practical projects working with plants and habitats using tools and equipment within our beautiful campuses. You will also undertake work experience within the environmental industries.

A variety of assessment methods will be used to measure your progress from your starting point and against your expected outcomes and target grades. These may include practical tasks and assessments, written assignments, performance reviews, presentations and discussions.

You will learn

  • Chainsaw maintenance
  • Basic tree climbing
  • Basic tree identification
  • Wood chipper use
  • Stump grinder use
Entry requirements
  • At least two GCSEs or equivalent
  • Relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered
  • Enthusiasm for working outdoors

Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to the Arboriculture (Tree Surgery) and Forestry Intermediate Diploma (Level 2).

Ivor's story

I have really enjoyed my course, the teaching style benefits me greatly as it is very hands-on and interactive. Ivor studied arboriculture and forestry during his time at Capel Manor College