Forest School Leader Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course is the nationally recognised standard of training for individuals wishing to lead and manage a Forest School programme.

Entry Criteria

  • Participants should be over 21 and hold a qualification at Level 2 or above in teaching, youth work, or as a ranger, and have significant experience of working with young people.
  • All participants must hold a First Aid certificate by the end of the course. This can be the 16-hour outdoor first aid certificate or the 3-day First Aid at Work certificate.

Course Cost: £900

Course Layout

Five consecutive days of training in theory and practice to cover;

  • Learning and development at forest school
  • Forest school practical skills and woodland management
  • Establishment and delivery of a forest school programme
    Training days run from 9.30am – 4.30pm. As much time as possible will be spent outdoors

Separate residential weekend to develop and assess practical skills and to discuss progress. Dates to be announced during 5 day training.

Assessment of delivery at one of 6 Forest School sessions to be planned and delivered by you.

A coursework portfolio which should be completed within 12 months of the start of the course

Additional benefits

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

Course Content

The Level 3 course will prepare you to plan, deliver and monitor all aspects of a Forest School programme.
We will discuss up to date theories on the Forest school approach to learning, the holistic development of Forest School learners and a positive attitude to risk taking. The practical outdoor learning will include tool use and the safe lighting, management and use of a camp fire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of outdoor games and activities. Also covered will be the identification of woodland flora and fauna, and the sustainable use of a woodland within the context of Forest schools. The course will be run on Forest School principles, so you will see the Forest School ethos in action.


Will this course lead to nationally recognised qualification?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Open College Network West Midlands Region (OCNWMR) Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF)

What will I need for the course?

Once your application is confirmed you will be sent a full kit list but this is what you will need for the 5 day 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 provide:

  • Tea coffee and biscuits
  • All required portfolio 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 2019 & 2020

  • FULLY BOOKED Monday 7 to Friday 11 October 2019: Tilgate Park, West Sussex
    (Residential Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 2020 at Mallydams)       
  • FULLY BOOKED Monday 11 to 15 November 2019: Friston Forest, East Sussex
    (Residential Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May 2020) at Mallydams)
  • Monday 16 to Friday 20 March 2020: Friston Forest, East Sussex
    (Residential Thursday 2 to Saturday 4th July 2020 at Mallydams)
  • Monday 22 to Friday 26 June 2020: Deneway, Brighton
    (Residential Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 September 2020 at Mallydams)
  • Monday 24 to Friday 28 August 2020: Tilgate Park
    (Residential Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 October 2020 at Mallydams)
  • Monday 26 to Friday 30 October 2020: Tilgate Park
    (Residential Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 March 2021 at Mallydams)
  • Monday 9 to Friday 13 November 2020: Location TBC
    (Residential Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 May 2021 at Mallydams)  

Maximum numbers, 16 on each course

Optional mentoring days at Woods Mill:  22 November 2019, 24 January 2020, 13 March 2020, 24 April 2020, 25 September 2020 and 20 November 2020

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