Training Questions &
Can I still work full time?
Yes, all of our current learners are working full time and although there is
a lot of work out side of the classroom to complete, and this will need to be
programmed in to our learners working week,s our learners have always shown
that to be working in the industry at the same time as completing these
professional Qualifications is of definite benefit. Take a look at some of our testimonials to see what our learners have been saying about the courses and the time commitment.
Why is the training provider I choose important?
The training provider you work with to complete these QCF Qualifications is
now more important than ever before. The Assessment Criteria’s (AC's) are set
by the awarding body (written in conjunction with Dave Dowson of Tree Life) and
it is then for the training providers to set the assignments to ensure that the
learners are able to complete and show that the AC's have been met. The work is
then marked by the tutor and any aspect that does not meet the requirements
needs to come back with feedback enabling each learner to complete the
assignment so that at moderation the work is passed without any issue. When
moderation occurs at the end of the course the awarding body are looking
at the centre and the individual learners to ensure everything is in line so
that the qualifications can be awarded. So ultimately you have to know that the
assessments set and the work stated as passed is good enough to be passed at
the time of moderation. For Tree Life the sentence 'Exemplar Centre'
has been used by our moderator and we have had no issues or recommendations for
improvement given since the start of this style of qualification which, having
worked hard to achieve, we are very pleased with!
What happens when my application form is sent in?
Places available for each of our locations are listed on our website and
once a form is sent in with its deposit the place will be set aside, the
website updated and the form processed. Once the form has been processed the
learner will receive a letter of confirmation, reading list for the course,
directions to the training centre, additional information for the first session
and a deposit receipt. Learners will be given information leading up to the
first session and will receive access to the course portal following the first
What qualifications would my tutor hold?
At Tree Life we have a team of 7 tutors and assessors of which 3 are tutors
for the level 4 and 6 Diplomas who all hold the Level 6 Professional Diploma
alongside their teaching qualifications, we have 1 specialised tutor for a
couple of our level 4 units and 3 assessors who deal specifically with the
level 4 and 6 assignments who again hold the level 6 Professional Diploma.
Dave and Andy, the Directors of Tree Life, are two of the tutors and their qualifications
can be seen more fully in the about us section of this website.
Will I have access to my tutors outside of the classroom?
All learners will have the email addresses and contact numbers for their
tutors and so messages can be sent and phone calls made and tutors will look to
deal with each question as soon as possible. While learners are
completing homework there are often questions that need
answering rather than being left to the next session.
How large are the Tree Life classes?
Our largest class is always Westonbirt Arboretum and this currently stands
at a maximum of 20 learners other locations run from between 12 to 14 learners
ordinarily. Each class maximum is set by the tutor of that class
and we review our numbers across the whole to ensure that we do not take on
more learners than we can work with within the deadlines we set for feedback on
work and questions within sessions. We know this is important to our learners
gaining the qualification. The number of places remaining for each course can always be found on the website.
How have previous ABC awarding body moderations gone for Tree Life?
We have had 4 years worth of moderations since the start of these qualifications and as we
said above have been very pleased with all of them. We have worked hard from
the start to bring in this framework and continually attend all of the ABC
Awards meetings to ensure we are up to date with the requirements for
moderation so that there are no nasty surprises at moderation time! We have been named an exemplar centre.
How often do learners receive feedback on their work?
At each session learners will receive an assessment brief with assignments
to complete for hand in at the next session, any work handed in at that session
will then be marked with individual feedback and given back to the learner at
the next session so there is a continuous cycle of feedback. With this new
framework the feedback is almost the most important part as it is this that
learners use to complete the assignments and achieve the assessment criteria.
at the start of each session group feedback will also be given. For a couple of
AC's a portal test will be used at for this the feedback and marks are instant.
We recently carried out a
survey and in it 98% said that feedback was always or to a great extent delivered back to them within the set deadlines. and 92% said the feedback contributed always or to a great extent to developing their learning.
Where can I find out the prices for the courses?
Our prices are not online and this is so that we can speak to our potential
learners and advise then in their next educational step. A call or an email will mean a booklet of informtion coming your way. It’s a case of
the right course, for the right person, at the right time. At Tree Life we are
not about bums on seats! We need to ensure that for our courses to work well,
and for our learners to be given the best chance of gaining the qualification, that
you are on the right level of course for you. We always advise that you speak
to us so that we can advise you in the best way possible even if that means a
difference course to the ones we offer.
What sources of funding are open to me?
Funding for these courses is extremely difficult to get hold of and
unfortunately means that it is unlikely you will find a funding source. If a
learner does find a source of funding it often means there is paperwork to
complete from the training provider we are more than happy to do this if it
aids a learner getting that funding. Because of the lack of funding and the
fact that we recognise this is an investment of time and money we offer
interest free payment plans to assist with this as well as the Tree Life
Sponsorship programme which offers sponsorship to one level 4 and one level 6
learner each year.
How up to date in the industry are Tree Life?
Tree Life is not just a training provider, all of our tutors are also
working as consultants too and this means that we have to be up to date when
preparing our reports etc - we are doing what we are teaching. Tree Life also
attends the AA yearly conference and other CPD sessions throughout the year.
Do you have any questions for
Tree Life that is not answered here? Give us a call or an email and we'll look
to answer where we can!