A Forest School Level 3 leadership qualification for professionals, independants and those working with groups of children/young people with the aim of planning, co-ordinating and delivering Forest School programmes.
The coursework will take between 10 and 12 months to complete. Level 3 qualification is equivalent to an A-Level and you should be prepared for a very full and intense experience.
Approximately one-third of the course consists of contact time with other students and the Tutors. The remaining hours are for students to undertake self-directed and independent study. During the course you will complete a Practical Workbook that documents your learning on risk assessment, safe tool use, building shelters, how to light and cook safely over a fire and the ecology of woodlands. You will be required to write essays on child development and learning and behaviour, as well as conduct research in order to create a 3 year Management Plan and an Environmental Impact Assessment for your proposed Forest School site. You will also be required to create and submit a working Forest School file that includes a Guidebook for Helpers, information for parents and some policy documents.
Once all of the above elements are completed you will be plan a Forest School programme and run 6 sessions which will have to be documented in detail. A member of Green Light Trust's Tutor team will attend one of these 6 sessions to assess your practice and delivery.
On successful completion of the coursework, students should receive certification and be qualified as a Forest School Practitioner within 12 months of starting the course. All our courses are accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands and Green Light Trust is an OCN Recognised Centre.
Participants need to have two years' experience of working with children and hold a current DBS certificate.
8 day Level 3 Leader course: £930.00 per person
Each day runs from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.
2 day 16 hour Paediatric Outdoor First Aid course: £135.00 per person
Each day runs from 9.00 am - 6.00 pm.
The Level 3 courses are run either over 5 consecutive days and then a separate 3 days a few months later or over 4 weekends (8 days).
The First Aid weekend is in addition to this.
OCN Level Three Course Info