Our 2021 courses are now full. Please register your interest for our 2022 courses here.

In Partnership with NPTC Group of Colleges

1 academic year, full-time @ Troed-yr-Harn and other local woodlands surrounding Talgarth

Our Coppicing and Greenwood Trades course is an opportunity to further your work in woodlands and wood work.

What will I learn?

Coppicing is an approach which can increase the biodiversity of woodland, as well as providing a sustainable source of timber for green wood products and energy.  

This vocational course will give practical outdoor learning backed up with classroom theory to:

  • Identify tree species and their properties
  • Cut, process and extract coppice 
  • Fell and process trees up to 380mm
  • Cross-cut timber using a chainsaw
  • Process coppice materials and green wood products 
  • Sharpen and maintain edged hand tools
  • Control pollution incidents 
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety

Why study Sustainable Coppicing and Green Wood Work Skills?

The BMC Level 2 in Coppicing and Greenwood Trades will give you the skills you need to start you on your pathway to a diverse and fun career.

  • Move into Level 3 Green Woodworking and Coppicing
  • Use this qualification towards entry to the BMC undergraduate course
  • Use transferable skills for employment opportunities in the trees and timber sector

Why study at BMC?

  • Course tutors have extensive experience from a broad spectrum of coppicing and green wood working, bringing up-to-date techniques and knowledge.
  • Students without the necessary grades (grade 4/ C or above) will get additional teaching and support to study for GCSE English and maths.
  • Our 100-hour BMC Programme in ecology, sustainability and life skills. 

How much will it cost?

All tuition fees for further education are fully funded by the Welsh Government for everyone regardless of age.

Find out about EMA and Welsh Government Learning Grants.

There will be some optional costs for specialist equipment as follows:

Safety boots, gloves, head-gear and eye protectors, chainsaw trousers, personal 1st Aid kit. £340 approx.

You will have the option to purchase these yourself, apply for a grant from us or borrow them from BMC.

What are the study hours?

The Coppicing and Greenwood Trades course is classed full time but the contact time required is 3 days a week over 30 weeks from the 6th September until end of June.

There is an element of self-guided learning too.

The timetable is TBC.

How to apply

There are no entry requirements, although you will need to have gained a grade ‘C’ in Maths and English GCSE by the end of the course if you have not done so already, and we can help you with that.

Our 2021 courses are now full, but you can register your interest for our 2022 courses by emailing study@blackmountainscollege.uk


If you’d like to ask us any questions, join one of our taster sessions or arrange to have a chat with the tutor, email us.

Courses are subject to change without notice. 

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