Arboriculture and Urban Forestry HNC

UCAS code 115D
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

The HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to manage trees and woodlands in an urban setting, such as towns and parks.

You will study at the Scottish School of Forestry, part of Inverness College UHI, and will be taught by staff and professionals who are experts in all aspects of forestry.

Special features

  • You will study at the Scottish School of Forestry, part of Inverness College UHI, under the guidance of expert staff
  • You can study full time of part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You will learn the skills necessary to become a supervisor or self-employed contractor in arboriculture and urban forestry

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above Or
  • 2 A level at grade D or above
  • Alternatively Certificate in Forestry or Conservation Skills
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

Access routes

Certificate in Forestry or Conservation skills

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Employment and health and safety legislation for the land based industries
  • Arboriculture practice
  • Arboricultural: amenity tree management
  • Forestry: forest science
  • Work supervision practice
  • Arboriculture and urban forestry: Graded Unit 1
  • Selection and management of machinery for land based industries

Option units may include:

  • Woodland nursery production
  • Soil management
  • Forestry: woody plant biology
  • Communication: practical skills
  • Job costing and business calculations
  • Leadership of countryside activities 

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)

You will study by way of traditional classroom-based lectures and tutorials, and practical workshops at the Scottish School of Forestry, part of Inverness College UHI

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: up to 3 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
£1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might want to consider a career within the arboriculture and urban forestry industry, e.g. tree surgeon/tree officer, gardening, working as a contractor.

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Arboriculture and Urban Forestry HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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