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ABC Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture (Top-up)

ABC Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture (Top-up)

About the course

The Level 4 Diploma (Top- up) in Arboriculture On-Line is a distance learning course covering many aspects of Arboriculture to promote an understanding of the management of trees in the built environment.

The course is designed for people either working in Arboriculture or related industries or those who have an understanding of the industry and wish to increase their knowledge of tree work and related activities and wish to change career paths.

The qualification is well recognised within the Arboricultural industry and gives entry to further and higher qualifications. The course assessment for the ABC level 4 Diploma (Top- up) consists of the production of written work in the form of unit based assessments throughout the duration of the course which are assessed and moderated. A pass is required on all coursework in order to be awarded the Level 4 Diploma (Top- up) in Arboriculture.

Please note: At this level of study you will be required to develop a rigorous approach to the acquisition of a broad knowledge base and a range of subject specific, cognitive and transferable skills; understand key concepts and theories; evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems and communicate the outcomes clearly using structured arguments.

Course modules


Principles of Woodland Establishment and Management

Tree Development and Protection

Selection, Planting and Design with Hardy Nursery Stock for Amenity and Landscape Purposes

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students need to be 18 years of age or over, having achieved the pre- requisite ABC Level 4 Certificate qualification.

Although not an entry requirement of the course, it is strongly recommended that applicants try to gain experience within the Arboricultural industry throughout their time of study, or are already practising arborists.

Learning and assessment

All learning materials have been specifically designed for this course and for the requirement of meeting the learning objectives devised by the awarding body. All learning materials will be delivered online through the use of the Virtual Learning Environment- CANVAS. Additional learning and assessment support will be made available through the modules through 1:1 tutor dialogue and use of discussion boards to collaborate with your peers.

All learning objectives will be assessed by written assignments which you will complete. These will then be marked and feedback given to you. All assignments will go to make a complete portfolio of completed work.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high number of assessments required in order to pass the course, it is advisable that a minimum of ten hours are dedicated to studying and completing the assessments.


Foundation Degree in Arboriculture (2 years full time), AA Technician's Certificate or similar course.


Operative within an Arboricultural contracting or surveying/consulting firm or Local Authority, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Self-employed tree work contractors or surveyor/consultant or relative department within a Local Authority or industry contractor.

Special requirements

Access to a PC

Broadband or internet connection

Email account

As a Myerscough student, for the duration of your course you will have free access to Microsoft Office 365, including all Office applications and a OneDrive cloud storage account.

Costs that are mandatory and optional for the course:

Although not mandatory, subscriptions to journals, periodicals and websites are recommended to provide a wider scope of information and understanding of the topics within the course.

Work experience

Although work experience is not part of the course, for your own self-reflection and application of knowledge, it is strongly recommended that applicants try to gain experience within the Arboricultural industry throughout their time of study, or are already practising arborists.

Arboriculture at Myerscough

Myerscough introduced the UK’s first Foundation Degree, the first Honours Degree, the first online Degree and, most recently, the first Masters Degree in Arboriculture. We have a highly experienced team of staff who are well regarded in the industry and regularly deliver training and seminars to those working and researching the subject. The College boasts fantastic arboriculture facitilities and is home to the purpose built National Centre for Arboriculture, a state of the art teaching facility for the subject.