Forest School Courses



Level 2: Award in Assisting Forest School


This qualification is suitable for students who would like a more in-depth introductory course or who need more practical and academic experience in order to progress to the Level 3 qualification.


The course is made up of four Units of Study and looks in more depth at practical skills, using the woodland as a sustainable resource and the theoretical side of planning for learning and play at Forest School. This course is designed for those wanting to assist a Level 3 Forest School Leader.


Units of Study:

  1. Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors

  2. Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

  3. Outdoor Practical Skills

  4. Assist at Forest School


On the course students will complete a handbook and attend 4 days of training. Students will assist a Level 3 Leader with planning and the delivery of a minimum of 3 Forest School sessions. Course is completed within 6 months of start date.


Entry Qualifications Required:

  • Established links with a Forest School Practitioner

  • Aged 16 years or over

  • Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE)

  • Current DBS check

  • Suitable First Aid certificate. A First Aid certificate is not required at Level 2, but we strongly recommend you have one in place before assisting at Forest School.


Please note that this qualification enables students to assist at Forest Schools, however does not qualify them to run Forest School sessions.


Level 3: Certificate in Leading Forest School


This Forest School Leader training is designed for those who would like to set up and run a Forest School programme. There are five Units of Study.


Units of Study:

  1. Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors

  2. Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning

  3. Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

  4. Teach Outdoor Practical Skills

  5. Forest School Leader


On the course students will complete a portfolio for assessment and attend 7 training days which consist of both theory and practical tasks. Students will run a Forest School programme in their chosen setting and this will include a work-based assessment. Course is completed between 9 to 12 months of start date.


In addition to the course dates, the training team will be available to offer support and guidance by telephone and emails and can also be available to visit student’s site.


Entry Qualifications:

  • Level 2 Qualification or appropriate experience in Education, Youth Work, Childminders and Early Years.

  • Established link with a proposed client group and or at least 2 years experience with a client group and a link to a potential Forest School site.

  • Aged 19 years or over at the start of the course.

  • Current DBS check

  • Suitable First Aid certificate.


Before undertaking the Level 3 course at Bus Stop Forest School Training students must have a current DBS check certificate and we strongly advise that students have achieved a suitable First Aid certificate.


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