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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in land-based studies & uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in four course areas.
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Land-Based Studies

New for September 2021, we will be offering specialist land-based education in Cumbria!

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Course Overview

This course will be taught in the Penrith area.

This course will introduce you to a range of skills and topics you'll need to work in Forestry and Arboriculture (trees and their growth and management). It will cover how to work with trees safely, including felling and pruning the science of trees and forests required to understand trees and forestry. You will learn and practice the practical skills you need to work effectively and safely in a variety of locations.

Our expert staff will allow you to learn the practical and theoretical skills you need to work in this field.

You will spend a lot of time in forests, so expect to be outside a lot! Your assessments range from practical tasks to written tasks.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at level 3 or above (including English & Maths) or for more mature applicants relevant experience/interest.

Applicant with non-traditional routes into education (including adult returners and those with home schooling) may apply and your suitability will be assessed by interview and possible supporting written tasks.

Students are expected to have appropriate clothing for outdoor work and your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory. Travel to local sites for practical sessions is included, but you will be asked for a contribution for any optional trips or residentials.

After Your Course

Support progression into a skilled occupation; higher or degree level apprenticeships; higher level technical study, including: - Level 3 Forestry & Arboriculture
- Employment
- Apprentice forester
- Tree surgeon
- Self-employed tree worker



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification up to and including Level 2, if you:

  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Have an annual salary of less than £17,004
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/20 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Are aged 19-23 on 31/08/20 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
  • Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship

Student Finance

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

For further information please see

Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.

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5 May 2021 16:00 – 20:00