The course is taught to encourage self-learning and works to develop reflective practice amongst its students. We formatively overview students every day and build a total record as opposed to a series of simple fact checking summative tests. We do this by a combination of classroom theory work that links to small and large scale practicals. We use self-lead research projects per unit, which are guided by the lectures but are owned and developed by the students.
There are one off tests both verbal and written with a focus on drawing out knowledge from the learners not just fact checking. A key component on our assessments is cross unit linking. This helps develop a broader view and draws in learning across disciplines. The idea being we can continuously evaluate the learners over a long period and adjust our learning to fill in any weakness we see developing.
Although most units are internally reviewed some units are externally checked by the awarding body, this helps keep quality at a high level. This is normally formed of external examiners coming in and setting tasks for learners to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities. Or work being sent out to be marked by the awarding body.
Common direct employment from this course is into environmental management businesses, the National Trust, wildlife conservation organisations, local authorities, landscaping firms, Forestry estates, arboriculture businesses and also independent estate work. The opportunity to move into the wider countryside sectors.
The personal skill developed are also transferable into public facing industries and those sectors that require skilled workers like the leisure sectors. We also look to build a suitable set of skills sets that allow the learner to progress into further education.
Students are required to buy specific equipment that is commiserate with working within the Forestry and Arboricultural sector. We also require that Forestry and Arboriculture College livery is worn.
There is also a reading list that is updated regularly at the College which would be worth reviewing and any books the student may find useful should be considered.