Forestry PDA

Course code 90D5

What is special about this course?

This course is suitable for those already working in the industry who would like to increase their background understanding of the subject, or who are interested in working in the sector but would like to know more. It will help to supply the specific niche markets of forestry supervisors and forest managers, as well as opening up wider employment opportunities within the land-based sector and beyond.

The course comprises practical exercises to build up knowledge, understanding and analysis skills for the working environment, alongside research and evaluative skills for management. Learning is therefore through practical exercises relevant to the work situation. There are two field weeks required for this course.

Special features

  • This part-time distance-learning programme allows you the flexibility to fit your studies around your work and personal commitments
  • The course has been designed as a stand-alone qualification but also can serve as a bridge to the HNC/D Forestry, as the units of each overlap

Entry requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements but it is recommended that applicants have completed the NPA Woodland Operations, or similar, prior to commencement of the course
  • For those already working in the sector, it is recommended that you have Communications (level 6) or can demonstrate that you are able to work at this level, as there are a number of reports included within the assessments

Access routes

  • Certificate in Forestry
  • SVQ Forestry at SCQF level 5
  • NPA Woodland Operations

Year 1 - PDA

Core modules are:

  • Forest science
  • Employment health and safety legislation for the land-based industries
  • Forest mensuration and thinning control

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Forest harvesting
  • Establishment of woodland

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. You will also attend two mandatory field weeks, where you will participate in practical exercises (held in October and April)

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness - Scottish School of Forestry

Start date

  • September


For information on costs for this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner campus for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may be interested in pursuing further studies at HNC/D level, or supervisory work within the sector.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of this course you can progress to the HNC ForestryHND Forestry, and then on to the BSC (Hons) Forest Management.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024

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