Forest School Assistant Level 2

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for individuals wishing to assist with the delivery of a forest school programme.

Entry Criteria

  • Participants should be over 18 years of age and have experience of working with young people

Course Cost: £475 - Subject to change April 2022

Course Layout

Four days of training in theory and practice to cover

  • Supporting Learning and Development at Forest School
  • Practical skills for the Forest school Assistant

Training days run from 9.30am – 4.30pm. This is largely an outdoor course

A Level 2 workbook should be completed within 12 months of the course start date. (Please see booking Terms & Conditions).

As part of the coursework you will need to assist with at least three forest school sessions run by a Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader and independently complete your observations and record of support.

Course Content

The Level 2 course will prepare you with the skills to effectively support a Forest School Leader in the delivery of Forest School sessions. We will discuss the Forest school approach to learning and a positive attitude to taking risk. Practical skills covered will include safe lighting, management and use of a campfire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of games and activities. Also covered will be the identification of woodland flora and fauna, and sustainable use of a woodland within the context of Forest School. The course will be run on Forest School principles, so you will see the Forest School ethos in action.

Will this course lead to an accreditation?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Award in Forest School Programme Support (QCF)

Please note that the Level 2 qualification will not entitle you to lead your own Forest School sessions in local woodlands. If you would like to know more about Level 3 Forest School Leader training courses, please contact us.

What will I need for the course?

Please make sure you bring the following with you each day:

  • Packed lunch, cup and snacks
  • Suitable outdoor clothing for the weather conditions (trousers, not shorts)
  • Stout shoes or boots. Please do not wear sandals.
  • A camera can be useful for recording some of the activities.

We will be provide:

  • All required paperwork
  • All tools and equipment for the outdoor tasks

    (N.B. For a variety of reasons we would ask you not to bring your own tools)

Course Dates 2022

Price £475 - Subject to change April 2022

Times: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Course One: 1st to 4th March 2022 – Tilgate Park, Crawley - FULLY BOOKED

Course Two: 27th to 30th June 2022 – Tilgate Park, Crawley - FULLY BOOKED

Course Three: 12th to 15th September 2022 – Tilgate Park, Crawley - FULLY BOOKED


Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below before making a booking. 

To make a booking or to go on the waiting list please email us here

Mentoring Days at Woods Mill, Henfield

Optional mentoring days to assist you with the completion of your portfolio and to help with the development of your forest school.

Fridays from 10am - 3pm

25th March 2022

13th May 2022

9th September 2022

21st October 2022

18th November 2022

To book your place please email us with your preferred date here 

Please book as soon as possible as places are limited.