University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forestry (Top-up)

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Course Overview Looking to further or develop a new career in forestry? Then our top up degree - the only one of its type in the UK - is the qualification for you. Our course is perfect for you if you already have an HND or Foundation Degree in forestry or arboriculture and want to upgrade your skills and knowledge to obtain a BSc Honours Degree. There is also the opportunity to gain professional accreditation through the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the forestry sector professional body. Our National School of Forestry, based in the iconic Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the ideal place to explore the science and practice of managing forests. You'll live and learn on our friendly Ambleside campus, the only university campus in a national park, and also home to the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas. You'll also benefit from the practical forestry management experience of our tutors and their high-quality applied research that informs our teaching, your learning and aims to bring about positive change in the natural world. And, thanks to our excellent links with forestry organisations, we have a strong graduate employment record too. In the year you study with us you’ll write a full forest management plan, enhance your knowledge of silviculture, conduct research on a topic of your choice, develop a business idea and take several optional modules that align to your interests. Why choose this course at Cumbria

  • From our campus in Ambleside, you’ll have the unique opportunity to study in woodlands managed for timber production, conservation and recreation.
  • We have more than 50 years experience of educating and training professional and award-winning foresters
  • Experience hands-on forestry frequently, thanks to our practical-focused approach
  • Use the latest technology such as GIS, remote sensing and drones during your studies
  • Taught by tutors who have worked as professional foresters and bring their first-hand experience to their teaching
  • Tutors are involved in conducting ground-breaking, international research, which will inform your learning
  • Small class sizes mean you’ll get personal tutor guidance and support throughout your studies
  • We have excellent links with organisations in the sector such as The Royal Forestry Society, Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and others, which boosts your networking and employment prospects
  • Forestry employers contact us to fill vacancies for professional forestry posts
  • Opportunities to gain achievement awards from a variety of forestry organisations
Ambleside, close to the shores of Windermere, is a great place to live with access to the recreational opportunities afforded by the Lake District National Park. While on campus you have access to modern research and teaching labs, lecture and seminar rooms, IT facilities and a library with a broad range of up-to-date digital and hard-copy resources. If you want a rewarding career in a sector that is hugely important for countering climate change, biodiversity, society and our economy, then this professional course will enable you to gain the skills and experience required for a successful career in forestry. Topping up your qualification will give you the advantage when pursuing a career in forest and woodland management, with job opportunities both nationally and overseas. We have had graduates go on to work for the Forestry Commission, the Woodland Trust, local authorities and private enterprise, with some students going into business for themselves. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your studies to masters level.

Course details


Year one - Compulsory modules: Introduction to Managing Trees, Woods and Forests, Measuring Trees and Forests, Silviculture 1, Ecology, Forest Operations and Industry, Professional Development, Forest Skills. Year two - Compulsory modules: Silviculture 2, Geographic Information Systems, Forest Design Planning, Forest Policy and Governance, Forest Health and Protection, Work Placement, Work Experience. Optional modules (subject to availability and demand): Research Methods and Data Analysis, Recreation in Woodlands. Foundation degree students must complete a period of work experience to gain their qualification. There are two options - a period of 33 weeks or more ideally taken between years one and two, or a shorter period of work experience ideally taken during the summer between years one and two.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma or Diploma in Higher Education in a relevant subject

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

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Forestry (Top-up) at University of Cumbria - UCAS