About the Course
This course is for those interested in working in forestry and arboriculture (tree surgery). The course provides an introduction to a broad range of forestry and arboriculture topics, and is a balanced programme with a strong practical content.
A forestry or arboricultural qualification from Barony Campus has opened doors for many students to develop wide ranging and interesting careers from becoming skilled forest craftsmen to technically proficient arborists and forest machine operators to forestry managers.
Course Duration: 1 year
Ideally 3 National 4s, preferably includes English, Maths + 1 National 5 in a Science subject. Alternatively, relevant college or work experience may be considered. You will be expected to demonstrate your desire to commit to the course at interview.
Some of the topics include chainsaw work and tree felling, tree planting, fencing and estate work, as well as tractor and chipper operations. You will be introduced to technical subjects such as forest soils, tree identification, pests and diseases and timber produce.
You will gain experience working on college grounds and on public and private forest estates. We have very strong links with industry and this has enabled students to obtain work experience and in some cases employment.