Level 2-3 Top Up

GLT offer a ‘Top up’ course from the Level 2 Assistant qualification to the Forest School Level 3 Leader qualification:

  • 5 days of tutor time
  • x1 day Mentoring and Observation visit to your setting during your pilot sessions
  • 16 hour Outdoor specific First Aid training
  • Home study

Who is it for?

The Level 2 to Level 3 top up qualification is a way for Forest School Level 2 Assistants to upgrade their existing qualification.  Due to the requirements of the Level 3 course, this course is not suitable for all candidates.

Entry requirements:

Minimum age of 21

There is an assumption that you are either currently assisting at Forest School, or have very recent experience of doing so.

You are required to provide a copy of your Forest School Level 2 Assistant certificate and your Level 2 workbook.

If you have completed Level 2 training at Green Light Trust post 2016 you will need to complete a pre-course workbook prior to starting the course.

If you have completed your Level 2 with Green Light Trust prior to 2016, you may need to complete other essays in addition to that required for the post 2016 requirements, due to the Level 2 criteria being updated in that time frame.

If you have completed your Level 2 with a different provider there is an extra charge of £20 for an assessment of your completed Level 2 workbook.

This will allow us to highlight any additional information you may need to hand in prior to the course. This also allows us to meet AM formally Open College Network standards and for you to meet the level of the other students you will be joining on the training.


Training delivery and assessment process:

You will attend 5 days face to face training, as opposed to 10 days on the Level 3.

You are required to attend the 16 hour Outdoor First Aid weekend, if you do not have this qualification already.

From the moment our students arrive here we are modelling Forest School ethos and possibly one of the most important elements of Forest School; How to hold a space, create a sense of belonging and community and make people feel safe, welcomed and comfortable.

Over your training you will be spending some time indoors and lots of time outdoors. There will be a balance of both. We will be having small group and whole group discussions on a range of topics. Outside we will be building on your Level 2 practical skills, going more in depth and demonstrating lots of practical uses. You will be held in a space where everyone is offered unconditional positive regard. Participants are celebrated for their uniqueness in an atmosphere of community kindness and respect.

Venue :

The Foundry is a beautiful ecologically built building, warm and welcoming. This is our base during training. Tea making facilities and snacks available all day.

Golden Woods was planted with love by volunteers and is an inspiring place just outside The Foundry. We will be spending time there during training.

Frithy Wood is our ‘working’ coppiced hazel ancient woodland where groups are led every day of the week on different programmes. It is a beautiful place, with badger sets, rare butterflies and flowers and is truly magical it is a 10 minute minibus drive away from The Foundry. 

Student support:

Contact with tutors: Contact can be made at any point by email via Lindsay in the office.

FAQ’s page on the website.

Student only login pages on the website for access to coursework, handouts, links etc.

You can purchase a full price ticket online, or a DEPOSIT ticket for £100 to secure your place and we will invoice you for the balance separately                                     

Course dates and booking:

Check out our Book a course page for full list of courses and how to book

Some feedback from our students:

 “Thankyou. It’s been a ‘once in a lifetime’ kind of course. We will all look back at this time with fond memories

Inspiring, relaxed, accessible, supportive, non- judgemental

It’s been amazing. I have loved taking time to be still and wonder at the world – so the more the better

Fabulous, inspiring, hilarious, knowledgeable. Mell and Eloise – the best course ever!

Community feel straight away, welcoming/acceptance all the time

I have loved the sense of community you have helped us to build in such a short time

A fantastic setting and wonderful place to begin our Forest School journey

Couldn’t have asked for two kinder, warmer, accepting ladies to deliver the course

Such a magical experience - loved it all

Just had an amazing time, so much laughter and learning

Absolutely fabulous, don’t change a thing!