Level 2

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture


  • Course code:


  • Subject area:

    Forestry & Arboriculture

  • Attendance:

    Full Time

  • Qualification:

    C & G Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture

  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Venue:


Start Date End Date Description
20/06/2025Brinsbury / Full Time

About the course

If you have an interest or passion in working in the forest/woodlands and trees industry, then this course is suited to you. Our Level 2 Technical Certificate is delivered by our ‘Outstanding’ Arboricultural team that are industry and sector experts. The skills that you develop during this course offers opportunity for progression onto Level 3 pathway or will equip you with the skills, behaviours, and knowledge to be well prepared for employment.

With 500+ acres on our beautiful estate, we have many woodlands and copses that you will be learning in and maintaining/managing. With opportunities to expand your knowledge with your own work experience placements, the aim is to prepare you for your next step, whether on Level 3 or into the industry. 

Units and topics covered:

• Working in a forestry or arboricultural related business

• Health and Safety for the land-based industries

• Tools and equipment

• Environment and conservation

• Introduction to plant and soil science, pests, diseases, and disorders

• Tree classification and identification

• Tree establishment and aftercare

• Tree and woodland management


• Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting

• Small Tree Felling

Further information


Everyone is welcome to apply to the course provided you are 16 years old +. Funding available up to 18 years old. Alternatively, grants may be available. You will need to have either three GCSEs at grades 3 and one GCSE at grade 4 or an equivalent.

You will be assessed by a range of methods including multiple choice exams, practical assessments, written assignments, presentations and projects

Synoptic assignment

The synoptic assignment is externally set, internally marked and externally moderated. The assignment requires candidates to identify and use effectively in an integrated way an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories, and knowledge from across the content area. Candidates will be judged against the assessment objectives. 

Externally marked exam

The exam is externally set and externally marked and can be taken either online through City & Guilds’ computer-based testing platform, or as a paper based test 

Internally marked theory exam

This theory exam is externally set, internally marked and externally moderated. It is designed to assess the candidate’s depth and breadth of understanding from across

Synoptic assessments

Where a candidate is given a problem to solve or an outcome to achieve.

All equipment other than Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied by the college. PPE will need to be purchased by you at the start of the course. This will be explained to you in more detail in induction week. Cost will vary from £350 -£500 depending on brands and type

After this course you will have the basic skills required to work with a tree surgery company as a groundsperson, Alternatively, on successful completion of this course at a merit grade, you will have the option of continuing onto the Level 3 diploma in forestry and arboriculture. This course offers a variety of progression routes within the forestry and arboriculture industries.

You will be expected to complete 150 hours of work experience in additional to this course as well.

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