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Trees & Timber Apprenticeship Level 2

Trees and Timber (Arboriculture) Apprenticeship at Shuttleworth College

This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a wide variety of arboriculture duties, which can be applied to a broad section of tree-related operations in a commercial or residential environment. Units of study may include preparing sites for planting, controlling unwanted vegetation and maintaining health and safety.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grades A*-D, including English and maths or successful completion on a Level 1 Horticulture programme.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:

  • Identify tree species and their properties 
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety 
  • Carry out vegetation management in proximity to above ground utilities 
  • Control unwanted vegetation 
  • Use of machine powered winches in timber work 
  • Prepare sites for planting 
  • Prepare, drive and manoeuvre forwarder 
  • Process coppice materials and greenwood products 
  • Sharpen and maintain edged hand tools 
  • Extract wood and wood products using small motorised equipment 

Assessment methods

The majority of assessment will take place in the work place through a mixture of practical observation and questions, learner discussion, written questions and the production of a portfolio of evidence. There is also a short multiple choice test marked externally.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Work-Based Trees & Timber (Arboriculture) NPTC/City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma


  • Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 Award
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Forestry and Arboriculture City & Guilds Certificate 
  • Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Additional vocational qualifications – First Aid (one day course) plus one other occupational test (for example, PA1, CS30 or Wood-chipper)

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can progress on to an advanced apprenticeship or further arboriculture qualifications.

Future careers: These qualifications can help you to progress in roles such as forest worker, forest officer or arboriculturalist.

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291000.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Shuttleworth College B1155

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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