Forest School Programme Leadership Certificate Level 3

Subject Area Youth Work
Course Type Adult Learning
Qualification Level 3
Start Date September 2021
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Forest School Programme Leadership Certificate Level 3

The Forest School Level 3 course is suitable if you wish to run your own Forest School or to be a qualified Forest School leader within an educational setting.

You will take part in practical sessions held in South Devon College’s woodland, which are supplemented with online lessons, activities and reading. You will have nine months to attend sessions, gain valuable Forest School work experience and complete a portfolio of evidence.

You will need access to Forest School sessions to gain practical work experience of planning and delivering six sessions with the same group. Please be aware that The Department for Education’s minimum age for a Forest School Leader is 21, but assistants can be younger.

Starting in September, sessions will take place on Friday mornings for approximately nine weeks. Sessions will be both indoor and outdoor and will provide you with an understanding of the theories linked to forest school as well as giving you the opportunity to gain practical skills.

You will then be expected to complete your work experience which will allow you to create your portfolio. You will have regular support from a personal tutor throughout the programme.

Remember to bring suitable clothing as sessions take place whatever the weather!

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Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You must have a GCSE Grade 4(C) in English
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject
What will I learn?
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Planning and delivery of a Forest School programme The woodland environment Learning and child development Practical skills

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LocationPaignton Campus
DatesSeptember 2021
Times09:30 - 12:30

This course costs: £

If you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.

This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).

You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.

To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.


“During my career I have gained a broad range of skills relating to early years education and childcare, and I can now pass that knowledge on to new learners. It’s fantastic to support learners in achieving their goals and helping them find employment in this rewarding industry.”Stefanie Crinks

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

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