Level 3 – Certificate for Forest School Leaders

Nationally recognised as the Qualification required for Forest School Leadership

Is this course for me?

 This is a wonderful experience and our trainees leave us inspired both personally and professionally. We consistently receive feedback that this has been a life changing experience for them: But this course is not to be undertaken lightly as it involves a substantial amount of self directed research and study and practical delivery in their own/works time.


This will be a challenging experience that will develop you personally and professionally.


Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have a solid understanding of learning and development and have suitable qualifications and experience in a related area e.g. Youth work, early years, TA or PGCE.

We are committed to supporting our trainees to embrace the 6 key principles of Forest School, therefore we also assess whether candidates will be able to fulfil these principles, and if in employment, ensure that they will have the support of senior staff to do this. Age 21 +




Forest School Ethos
Level 3 Outdoor Curriculum Leader

What will I study?

The level 3 Certificate contains 5 units of study:

1. Forest School Programme: Planning & preparation

Learners will gain knowledge and skills to plan a Forest School programme with an understanding of the ecological impact of Forest School


1. Understand the development of Forest School.
2. Be able to manage the ecological impact of a Forest School programme.
3. Be able to develop the underpinning documents required for a Forest School
4. Be able to plan a Forest School programme in line with the Forest School ethos and principles.

2. Delivery of a Forest School Programme



Learners will gain knowledge and skills to facilitate and evaluate a Forest School Programme



1. Be able to facilitate an ‘Introduction to Forest School Programme’ according to the Forest School ethos and principles.
2. Be able to assess the impact of the ‘Introduction to Forest School Programme’ on participants.
3. Be able to evaluate an ‘Introduction to Forest School Programme’.

3. Forest School Programme: Learning and Development


Learners will gain knowledge and understanding of the Forest School pedagogy and approach to Learning and Development.


1. Understand the Forest School Principles and holistic approach to learning and development in relation to your ‘Introduction to Forest School Programme’.
2. Understand the value of the play process at Forest School.
3. Understand relevant theories of learning and development and their application to Forest School.
4. Understand the impact of behaviour on learning and development at Forest School.
5. Know how to reflect on own Forest School training.

4. Forest School Programme: The Woodland Environment


Learners will gain knowledge of the benefits of woodlands, their structures and management



1. Understand the structure of woodlands..
2. Know how to identify a range of flora and fauna and understand the importance of identification.
3. Understand the management of woodlands as a sustainable learning environment.
4. Understand the importance of the relationship between Forest School and the woodland environment.

5. Forest School Programme: Practical Skills


Learners will gain practical skills and be able to teach practical skills to Forest School participants



1. Be able to apply a range of practical skills relevant to a Forest School programme. 2. Know how to facilitate a range of practical skills relevant to a Forest School programme in line with the Forest School ethos and principles.

Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders



Training takes place over 5 days, plus one mid term revision/portfolio building day you will be assessed over 4 days approximately 6 to 9 months later. You will also be required to arrange a one to one professional discussion with your tutor as part of your assessment. You will be required to submit a 5 minute video as evidence of you working with a pilot programme group as part of your assessment.


You will also need to attend a 2 day sector specific First Aid course (a set date is included in the cost of your training) if you miss this programmed course you will be required to source and finance another course.


From start to finish it usually takes a Trainee 9 – 12 months to complete.


Our course assessment is broken into tasks that you hand in throughout the year. These dates are set pre-course to help with time management. All written work is submitted via Microsoft word so access to a computer is essential. All details are explained during training and your tutor is available via monthly Zoom group tutorials and Facebook lives.





The level 3 course costs £1130.50. Including a duel certification of both the Forest School and Paediatric First Aid qualification which are valid for 3 years.


To secure your place full payment is required on acceptance onto the course.

I will always try to assist with staggered payment terms if possible. Please email elly@naturalchoicegroup.co.uk for more information.

Level 1 Award in introduction to Forest School


Summer 2020

28th September – 2nd October  09.00 – 17.00

Study Day – 3rd November

First Aid Weekend – February 6th – 7th 2021 – 08.30 – 18.00

Assessment – September 28th – October 21st 2021 – 09.00 – 17.00

Course Location:

Wild Pines High Ropes

Legsby Road

Market Rasen


Due to Covid19 Elly has now been furloughed. Training prior to September has been suspended until further notice. Take care, stay safe and thank you for all your support. We will be back soon!