Forestry (Certificate)

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Barony Campus


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.

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. Some of the course will also include IT. 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.

Content includes: Chainsaw Operations; Tree Identification; Introduction to Forests and Woodlands; Tree Production; Introduction to Forest Harvesting.

Entry Requirements

National 5 in a science subject + 3 subjects at National 4 preferred; English and Maths preferred. Entry subject to interview.

Progression Routes

Forestry (Arboriculture or Forest Mechanisation) (Advanced Certificate)

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Forestry and Arboriculture

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


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