Introduction to the Woodland Environment SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

This course will provide attendees a broad range of opportunities to learn and develop new skills specifically designed for the woodland and rural environment.

Introducing basic research and data collection and recording activities; an understanding of how different habitats and activities interact and why; getting hands on practical experience for basic tool and machinery use; working independently and within a team; encourage innovation, empathy, creativity and an enquiring mind.

Ideally suited those who wish to venture into forestry, conservation, arboriculture, estate and rural vocations. Even laying the basis for ecological, environmental and other land based avenues.

  • Very practical hands on delivery and assessment approach
  • Limited classroom based delivery
  • Gives the learner a broad understanding of the rural environment and related activities
  • Experienced staff
  • Fantastic learning environment at the Scottish School of Forestry; based in its own woodland
  • Informative trips and visits

Entry requirements

  • Preferably working towards; Maths, English, Biology, Geography
  • An interest in the rural environment and willingness to learn new techniques and skills.
  • No relevant experience required. However, basic practical knowledge and skills may enhance the learning experience.
  • Career Changer

Units may include:

  • Introduction to and understanding of Health & Safety
  • Construction and maintenance of Woodland and rural features
  • Understanding and developing skills for employment
  • Exploring and understanding the rural environment and associated habitats
  • Basic tool maintenance and use
  • Basic tree and plant identification
  • Introduction to maintenance and use of machinery
  • Practical rural activity
  • Forestry related studie


  • There will be a requirement for Personal Protective Equipment and reference materials.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • You will learn through face to face lectures and practical demonstration and practice.
  • There will be regular site visits to related industry operations to broaden your understanding of the wider industries in related fields.

How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Scottish School of Forestry

Start date



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  • There will be a requirement for Personal Protective Equipment and reference materials.
  • If there is a desire to gain industry recognised certification there will be additional costs linked to enhanced training requirements, registration and assessment.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Practical based employment
  • Conservation
  • Rural environment
  • Urban forestry
  • Practical forestry

You may wish to progress from Introduction to the Woodland Environment to:

  • Woodland Skills

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