Arboriculture and Urban Forestry HND

UCAS code 015D
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What is special about this course?

The HND 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.

To enhance employability, you may undertake a one-year work placement (this takes place between the HNC and HND year of the course); a driving licence is a prerequisite for this placement year.

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 or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances
  • You will learn the skills necessary to become a supervisor in arboriculture and urban forestry, or to set up your own business
  • You may undertake a one-year work placement (this takes place between the HNC and HND year of the course); a driving licence is a prerequisite for this placement year

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

Entry to year 1, the HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry:

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade B, plus 4 National 5s at grade B or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements listed above but with relevant industry experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • A driving licence is a prerequisite for the optional placement year (between the HNC and HND)

Advanced entry to year two:

 

This course is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and gives partial fulfilment of Professional Membership Entry

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 is the HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Arboriculture and urban forestry: graded unit 2
  • Establishment of woodland
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Forestry: forest design
  • Forestry: forest policy and law
  • Forestry: woodland ecology
  • Getting started in business
  • Job costing and business calculations
  • Managing sites for biodiversity

Option units may include:

  • Forestry operations: work programming
  • Forestry: software applications

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. e. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, with practical elements most likely in semester two (from January 2021).
  • 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: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time: approx 5 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI - Scottish School of Forestry

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

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

Additional Costs

You will need to purchase your own high vis vest, hard hat and safety boots, at an approximate cost of £40 in total.

There are additional costs associated with the Scottish Borders and South of England field trips, however students via the Forestry and Arboriculture Society normally fundraise and seek sponsorship to cover these costs.

 In addition to the above, you should obtain the following climbing kit: throwline, throwbag, climbing hard hat and hand saw, at an approximate cost of £100.

The following items are supplied by the College for students’ use during classes, but you may wish to purchase your own kit to enable you to practice your climbing outwith classes:

  • tree climbing harness (£260)
  • 2* friction cord/ loop (£26)
  • 35m rope (12-13mm dia) (£98)
  • 3 way locking karabiner (£40)
  • 5m lanyard and snap (Stein) (£56)

The total cost of these items is approximately £480.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, and qualified for a career within the arboriculture and urban tree forestry industry, such as:

  • Tree surgeon
  • Tree officer
  • Gardener
  • You could also set up your own business as a contractor

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the BSc (Hons) Forest Management degree.

Is there more information available online?

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