Tilhill Diploma

Diploma in Forestry & Woodland Management

The Tilhill Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, is part of a unique partnership between Coleg Llysfasi and Tilhill. Specially designed to prepare you for a successful career in forestry, the course will get you ‘industry ready’ and trained for employment.

Full Time, This is a 2 year full time course, with 4 days per week in college, and one day in work experience

Course Overview

In the modern high tech world of forestry, tree knowledge is at the very heart of what we do, be it commercial forestry or woodland management. We will guide you through the technical aspects of identifying different species, to the science of how they work, from establishing trees, tending them and protecting them from pests and diseases, to managing trees for production, conservation and amenity, right through to the final felling, harvesting and processing of timber. You will learn to operate the tools, equipment and machinery necessary to work in this modern and exciting industry, including chainsaws, woodchippers, tractors, skidders and forwarders.

Throughout, you will work towards industry standards and will gain and develop practical skills, as well as an understanding of theoretical issues within the industry. There is a significant emphasis on practical work in the course,plenty of opportunity to get hands on and close up to trees. Educational trips to Tilhill Forestry and BSW sites throughout the supply chain provide further learning opportunities on commercial sites which include visits, practical sessions and on site work experience. Close industry links provide learners real life work situations, coupled with a substantial work placement, you will gain all the experience you need to get you off to a flying start in your first job.

To complement the main course, a range of additional qualifications are offered (at cost) such as chainsaws, ATV quads, brushcutters, wood chippers, pesticide application and tractor driving.

You will also have the opportunity to work on community projects, and other activities, as well as your own individual project, whilst working towards completing the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.


Career Options

Successful students with high grades in the first stage of the Tilhill Diploma will be eligible to apply to the second stage of the Tilhill Diploma at Coleg Llysfasi: The Tilhill Foundation Degree in Forestry and Woodland Management. Candidates will be interviewed by Tilhill staff, and if successful, will receive mentoring, technical input and support from Tilhill Forestry, as well as bespoke training and work placements as part of the course, and will be ideally situated for future employment in the company.

Alternatively, completion of the qualification could lead to a job or apprenticeship with either forestry, arboriculture or countryside companies and organisations. This may be working for a forest management company, an estate, landowner, contractor or local authority. You could work as a forestry contractor/operator, forest ranger, forest craftsman, forest supervisor, supervisor, boundary contractor and much more besides.

You may instead decide to continue studying at university on a related course such as a Countryside Management Degree (BSc), Forestry and Woodland Management Foundation Degree, Woodland Conservation Management FdSc, Woodland Conservation Management BSc (Hons), Forestry (BSc), or Urban Forestry (HND) for example.

The Tilhill Diploma is split into 2 distinct stages, beginning at level 3 and progressing onto level 5. Entry is possible at either stage, depending on experience and qualifications.

What are the key benefits?

  • Industry-ready training for employment.
  • Industry tailored training for a successful career in forestry and forest management.
  • Training to manage trees and woodlands safely, sustainably, efficiently, economically and to high environmentally responsible standards.
  • Training in forestry technical skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Skills in business management, behaviours, and people management.
  • Taught at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in partnership with Tilhill/BSW.

Entry Requirements

For Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English/Welsh (1st Language), Maths and Science, or successful completion of a relevant Level 2 qualification at Distinction level.

For the Level 5 HND/FdSc, in Forestry and Woodland Management: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture, Countryside Management or similar at High Merit / Distinction.
Or 3 A Levels at grade C or above, including one science. Practical experience desirable.

Next Steps

Students completing the Level 3 Diploma with a good merit or distinction will progress to the HND/FdSc stage of the programme, subject to interview.

Successful students have a significant advantage when applying for positions with Tilhill, BSW Timber or other forestry employers.

Why should I apply?

The Tilhill Diploma in Forestry and Woodland Management is an exciting opportunity to be part of the future of forestry.

Tilhill is UK’s leading forestry and timber harvesting and marketing company.

How do I apply?

Please contact Coleg Cambria via the website

or Call Coleg Cambria for more information on the application process
0300 30 30 007
Lines are open Monday-Friday 8.30-4pm.

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