Course Outline

Modules 1-5 plus a two day Outdoor Forest School First Aid course

The initial element of the training comprises a combination of practical and theory. Learners will need to come prepared for both indoor and outdoor learning every day and in all weathers.

Typically each day will commence at 9 am and finish at 5 pm; please note the Outdoor First Aid training days will start earlier at 8.30am and finish later at 6 pm. 

Although these modules are presented in a range of training models the content remains the same.

Read on to find out how the different course elements progress…

Coursework Assignments

Learners will need to work on written assignments for each module and arrange the six consecutive sessions of their Introduction to Forest School programme. The Delivery Assessment date will be jointly agreed with your tutor.

Module 1- 3

We focus on the ethos and Principles of Forest School, gaining an understanding of different approaches and the benefits of risky, learner led, play.

Includes application of practical fire skills and risk assessment through a  group breakfast cookout.These modules are all about gaining practical skills yourself and relating them to learning theory.


Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants – by attending these Modules and completing a simple portfolio of evidence a practitioner may gain this qualification.

Modules 4-5

In these modules you build your handbook and are taught and assessed in how you will teach the practical skills to your client group.

Includes group planning, delivery & assessment of a Forest School session with children. This session is not assessed.


Top up to L3 – by attending these Modules and the Outdoor First Aid training

Outdoor First Aid

This two day industry required training ensures you are fully prepared for worst case scenarios, able to provide immediate temporary care, move a casualty safely,  manage the group according to your site and group specific Emergency Action Plan.

Individual Tutorials

Learners have the opportunity to meet with tutors discuss assignments, how the course is going, their preparation for Forest School and how their portfolio is progressing. Email and phone contact with a tutor is also provided.

Introductory Forest School Programme and Assessment of Forest School Delivery

Once the Learner’s Forest School Handbook has been completed and assessed they will facilitate the first six weeks of a longer term Forest School Programme with a small group of approx. 15 (max.) children/young people.

Learners will be observed delivering a session working with their chosen client group. A professional discussion follows and is recorded by a tutor for your.

Coursework Portfolio

Learners complete a portfolio for the five units of learning and a separate working handbook. Evidence comprises of written assignments, annotated photographs, audio recordings, practical demonstration, group presentations peer and tutor observations.