Forestry and Urban Woodland Operations SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course is a natural progression from the Woodland Skills course enhancing each candidates experience and broadening knowledge opportunities linked with small and large machine use and additional practical skills in preparation for working as an employee/contractor/sub-contractor in the forestry and related industry.

There will be an opportunity for candidates to achieve industry recognised certification in a number of practical activities enhancing employability. This course will also give a good practical grounding for those wishing to progress on to the Higher Educational forestry courses who have no industry practical experience.

This will further enhance their employability at a higher level as well as supplement their finances whilst studying full time.

  • 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

Units may include:

  • Understanding physiology and identification of trees and plants
  • Forest Harvesting Machinery skills and project
  • Introduction to Arboriculture skills and techniques
  • Advanced Chainsaw operations
  • Uses of trees and plants
  • Introduction to essential technologies with in the Forestry and Arboriculture industry
  • Understanding and operation of machines related to secondary forest industries Forest Harvesting Machinery skills and project
  • Forestry Academic skills

You may wish to progress from Forestry and Urban Woodland Operations to the following courses:

  • HNC Forestry / BSc Sustainable Forest and Urban Woodland Management


  • 2 National 5s at C or Above; Required subjects: Maths, English, Biology, Geography and /or a Science.
  • An interest in the rural environment and willingness to learn new techniques and skills.

Alternative Routes/ Experience:

  • Those with previous industry related practical experience with machinery (chainsaw, all terrain vehicle and tractor skills preferred) and a basic understanding of plants and wildlife may be considered.

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?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Scottish School of Forestry

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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
  • Arboriculture

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