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Forest School Leadership Certificate Level 3

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 3 Children, Schools & Families

This rewarding qualification is designed to provide you with the practical skills, learning and development theory as well as the essential woodland ecology and management understanding needed to plan and deliver forest school programmes.

The qualification prepares you to plan and deliver forest school activities for children, young people or adults in an outdoor learning environment.  Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualification required to gain employment as a forest school leader, in a school environment with outdoor education providers or as independent practitioner.  You will gain understanding of the principles of forest school and the skills required for facilitating outdoor activities using a forest school approach.

Outdoor First Aid Training and a Beach School Training Day are included in the cost of this course.


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Ideal if:

You're a teacher, teaching assistant, early years educator, youth worker, play worker or other professional in training as a Forest School leader.

You’ll need:

  • To be aged 21 years or over
  • Have a Level 3 or above qualification.
  • Level 2 with a portfolio of at least two years' experience of working with children/young people in a leadership capacity
  • Have considerable experience of working with young people
  • Hold a current DBS Certificate

You’ll learn:

The course consists of taught theory and practical elements as well as coursework to be completed during and after initial training. You will complete 5 units linked to learning outcomes:

  • Planning a forest school programme
  • Delivery of a forest school programme
  • Learning and development at a forest school programme
  • Forest school programmes and the woodland environment
  • Practical skills for a forest school programme

As part of the assessment for this qualification you are required to plan and deliver six consecutive forest school sessions with your chosen client group. You will additionally be required to observe and report on the learning and development of three participants during these sessions.  This component of the course is undertaken as independent work by you.  Support and guidance will be provided by the course tutor.


You will attend 8 days at college (every other Monday) and have full tutor support for the remainder of the academic year whilst running your own forest school sessions and completing your portfolio.

You will need to submit completed portfolios of work 10 months from the date of enrolment.

You’ll love:

Our amazing forest school area! You'll also love gaining the skills and knowledge required to plan and lead your own programmes and activities.

You’ll go on to:

Seek employment within the children's workforce as a Forest School leader or become a self-employed provider of Forest School.


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