Practical Preparation for the Forest Industry 2 SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This practical forestry course will prepare you to enter industry with the skills and knowledge to perform at craft or supervisory level on either a self-employed or employed basis. 

The course provides the underpinning knowledge and skills to enable you to progress to HN level Forestry and/or Arboriculture and Urban forestry courses. 

Entry requirements

School leavers who have no industry experience but have good academic qualifications (i.e. minimum two Highers in any of the following English, Maths, Biology, Geography, a science)

Career changers with reasonable level of experience within current industry but no forest industry experience

Units include:-

  • Mobile sawmills
  • Landbased engineering: Forestry machinery maintenance
  • Forest ecology
  • Identify tree species and their properties
  • Forest nursery practical techniques 
  • Supervisory skills in forestry and arboriculture
  • Woodfuel processing and supply
  • Coppice woodlands




How will I study my course?

    How long will my course last?

    18 Weeks

    Where can I study my course?

      • Inverness Campus

    Start date




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    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Progression routes would be onto either the HNC Forestry or HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry programme at SCQF level 7, or into industry as an employed individual or as a self-employed contractor.

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.