Course: Forest School Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders RQF

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Swanwick Lakes, Southampton, Hampshire 01489774400

Cost: £995

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited LASER level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders RQF is a nationally recognised, in depth training course.

Training Days: Wednesdays 17th, 31st Oct, 7th, 14th, 21st Nov 2018

Portfolio Days: Wednesdays 19th Dec, 16th Jan, 24th Apr 2019

Skills Days: Saturdays 16th Feb & 23rd Mar 2019

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

To achieve the Level 3 certificate you will need to complete all of the following:

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

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

*Separate skills weekend to develop and assess practical skills and to discuss progress.

*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.

Your trainers will also offer you 2 mentoring days to assist you with course work and support you while developing your Forest School sessions.

All our Forest School Level 3 trainees on this course will be eligible for 12 months free membership of the Forest School Association, the professional body for Forest School practitioners.

Entry Criteria 

Participants should be over 21 and hold a qualification at Level 2 or above in teaching, pre-school education, youth work, or as a countryside 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 (If you would like information about Outdoor First Aid courses run by HIWWT, please ask a member of staff during the training week). N.B. If you work with under 5’s, the EYFS guidelines require you to also hold a Paediatric First Aid Certificate.

More details about our Forest School Level 3


Dawn Preston – Education Officer

Dawn O’Malley – Training and Outreach Officer

Enrolment on the course is subject to your completed booking form being accepted by the tutor.

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