Adult Courses

Forest School Leaders (Level 3 Certificate)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this courses, however we recommend students have prior experience in the education or wildlife sector, for example Qualified Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Youth workers, Forest School Volunteers, Outdoor Educators, Education/Wildlife Officers, Rangers or Ecologists.


If you are passionate about wishing to support children to develop their physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills, you are the perfect candidate to join one of our courses where you will develop your knowledge and practice of early years education.

What is Forest School?

Forest Schools are nature-based communities where trained practitioners nurture learner-led exploration and discovery, nurturing meaningful experiences for positive lifelong impacts. Forest Schools develops confidence and self-esteem in children through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

The Level 3 qualification covers how to facilitate groups in a learner-centred way, and how to manage a Forest School site sustainably. It also covers the practical skills required of a Forest School Leader.

Our courses are rewarding, full of variety (with practical experience in college as well as a work placement in an early years setting) and offer progression and several career paths as you grow in experience and confidence.

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What Can This Course Lead To

Successful completion of this course will provide students with the qualification required to gain employment as Forest School Leader, in a school environment, with outdoor education providers or as independent practitioner.

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Facilities for Students

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Financial Support

There are several ways we can help you cover the cost of your studies.

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