BSc (Hons) in Forest Management

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Program Description

What is special about this course?

The BSc (Hons) Forest Management is a highly practical course that will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful forest or arboriculture manager. If you are looking for a rewarding career, where you can provide professional advice to the land-based forestry sector and help secure our forests for future generations to enjoy, then this course is for you.

You will study at the Scottish School of Forestry campus of Inverness College UHI, where you have the option to specialise in either forest management or arboriculture and urban forestry. The degree builds on the industry-recognised HNC/HND in Forestry or Arboriculture and Urban Forestry in the first two years.

A significant proportion of your work will be fieldwork-based projects where you will become experienced in the practical aspects of your chosen speciality. When you graduate you will have a technical management qualification and be experienced in all aspects of sustainable management in relation to forestry or arboriculture.

Special features

  • You will have the opportunity to graduate with an honours degree in forest conservation or arboriculture and urban forestry
  • Forestry students must undertake a one-year industry placement during the course and will, therefore, study the degree for a duration of five years; this is also open to arboriculture students. A driving licence is a prerequisite for this placement year. Previous placements have included: Forestry Commission Scotland; Scottish Woodlands; BSW; Christie Elite; and James Jones
  • You will also have the opportunity to take part in study trips in Scotland, the rest of the UK or Europe
  • The course has demonstrable success in graduates gaining managerial posts in industry
  • You will learn how to carry out environmental impact assessments and create environmental statements, as well as learning to apply geographical information systems (GIS) to landscape and land uses
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course

Entry requirements

Entry to year one, HNC:

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade B or above plus 4 National 5s at B or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Minimum of one year's pre-course experience in the woodland environment is required or attainment of the Certificate in Forestry or Conservation Skills. This requirement may be waived for applicants with three or more Highers, or equivalent at grade C or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply. Relevant life or work experience will be taken into consideration on an individual basis
  • A driving licence is a prerequisite for all forestry students for the placement year; this also applies to any arboriculture students studying the placement year
  • For arboriculture, it should be noted that a reasonably high level of fitness is required, as well as a good head for heights

Advanced entry to year two, HND:

  • Direct entry to year two may be possible with the HNC Forestry, or HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
  • If you have other relevant academic or professional qualifications or experience, your application will be considered on an individual basis. You may need to undertake a bridging unit and/or apply for recognition of prior learning
  • A driving licence is a prerequisite for all forestry students for the placement year; this also applies to any arboriculture students studying the placement year

Advanced entry to year three, BSc:

  • Direct entry to year three may be possible with the HND Forestry, or HND Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
  • Other relevant academic or professional qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis. You may be required to study a bridging unit and/or apply for recognition of prior learning

Graduates with the ordinary BSc Sustainable Forestry degree can now return to study for one more year and achieve the honours degree.

Content

Year 1 - HNC

The first year is either HNC Forestry or HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.

Units in forestry include:

  • Forest science
  • Employment and health and safety legislation for the land-based industries
  • Woodland nursery production
  • Management of woodland operations
  • Silvicultural systems
  • Forest harvesting
  • Establishment of woodlands
  • Timber sales and transportation

Units in arboriculture and urban forestry include:

  • Forest science
  • Employment health and safety legislation for the land-based industries
  • Arboriculture practice
  • Amenity tree management
  • Urban forests, woodland and green space
  • Selection and management of machinery
  • Soil management
  • Supervision practice
Year 2 - HND

Second-year is either HND Forestry or HND Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.

Units in forestry include:

  • Forestry in Europe
  • Use of computers in forest management
  • Forest design
  • Forest policy and law
  • Woodland ecology
  • Forestry and other land use
  • Forest operations: work programming
  • Forest industries: market evaluation
  • Forest protection
  • Woodland conservation

Units in arboriculture and urban forestry include:

  • Forestry in Europe
  • Use of computers in forest management
  • Forest design
  • Managing sites for nature biodiversity
  • Establishment of woodlands
  • Forestry: land measurement
  • Job costing and business calculations
  • Business planning
Year 3 - BSc

Core modules for the forest management route are:

  • Research skills and project
  • Landscape design: design and land management
  • Forestry for people: policy and practice
  • Managing diversity in upland woodlands
  • Environmental impact assessment

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Sustainable lead management
  • Climate change

Core modules for the arboriculture and urban forestry route:

  • Research skill and project
  • Landscape design: design and land management
  • Forestry for people: policy and practice
  • Wood technology for amenity trees
  • Planning in arboriculture management

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Sustainable lead management
  • Environmental impact assessment
Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules for both the forest management and arboriculture and urban forestry routes are:

  • Ecology and management of native broadleaved woodlands
  • International forestry and timber trade
  • Technology for planning in forestry and arboriculture

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Business strategy
  • Corporate responsibility in a global environment

You will also complete a dissertation

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Forest Management course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • State forestry sector
  • Other public bodies including local authorities
  • Forestry and Arboriculture companies
  • Private estates/landowners
  • Community forestry sector
  • Self-employment as an entrepreneur or consultant
  • Conservation organisations
  • Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)
Last updated September 2019

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