About the Course
The study of forestry involves managing trees and woodlands in rural areas for commercial, social or other benefits. The study of arboriculture is more usually associated with the management of single or groups of trees, in more urban areas. Expansion of private and public forest estates, combined with major investment in the wood processing sector has created a demand for trained people to fill forestry related jobs.This course offers the opportunity to specialise in Forest Mechanisation or Arboriculture.
Course Duration: 1 year
Satisfactory completion of Certificate in Forestry or with appropriate experience in other employment sectors. Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of 3 National 5s including English, Maths, Geography or a science subject. You should be 17 years of age or older to start this course. Mature students considering a career change are encouraged to apply.
Some of the topics are tree identification, planting and care of trees, practical tree climbing, tree survey and inspection, forest and tree measurement, silviculture, forest machine service and repair and specialist forestry machinery operations and use of geographical information systems.
You will gain experience working on real practical jobs, driving machines and tree surgery contracts both on campus and on private forest estates.