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Forest School Programme Support Level 2 Award - 2018:19

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OA02LP1A005P
Year:  2018:19
Duration:  March - 4 weeks or June - 4 consecutive days
Attendance:  9am-4pm
FT/PT:  Part-Time 
Exam Board:  Laser Learning Awards
Level: 2
Fund Type: L
Tuition Fees: £ 450
Exam Fees: £ 29
03/06/2019Places Available
Subject Area

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Content / Overview

This course runs for four days/weeks (plus one day of support) and is aimed at individuals who want to learn skills which will help them to assist a Forest School Leader in the delivery of forest school sessions in a woodland environment. To complete this training, individuals must have a link to a Forest School Leader.

This courses provides a good introduction to forest schools, for individuals who are new to the subject area or who have not been in education for a while and do not have the relevant practical/academic experience to complete the Level 3 Programme Leadership course at this time.

You will gain a wealth of new knowledge and skills, including how to introduce new ideas, use themes and hooks to motivate young people, and use tools with groups.

Various delivery options and start dates available:

  • March - four weeks (one day per week - Saturdays)
  • June - four days (Monday to Thursday)

Course Modules

The Assistant Forest School Practitioner course will:

  • Provide you with the opportunity to learn about and develop your practical skills in the outdoors.
  • Give you the opportunity to gain an introduction to session designing.
  • Give you an insight into how the outdoor environment can influence all round development of children and adults.
  • Allow you to discover how learning styles and schemes can be recognised and enhanced.
  • Show you how to utilise the outdoor environment to develop self-esteem and confidence.

Suitable For 

Suitable for those who want to assist a Forest School Leader in the delivery of forest school sessions in a woodland environment.

Application Method 

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements 

You must have a link to a Forest School Leader to complete this training. Completion of the Introduction to Forest School Principles Level 1 Award is advisable.


You will be required to complete a portfolio of work, and will have three months to return your completed portfolio from the date you attended your course. After this date, you will be charged a re-registration fee.

We do recommend that you make every effort to complete the written work required during the weeks training, submitting additional information regarding sessions and observations in due course.

Further Study 

On successful completion you could progress onto the Forest School Programme Leadership Level 3 Certificate, which will allow you to set up and run your own forest school sessions.

Additional Information 

You are required to provide three forest school experiences/sessions with a group of children in your own setting, preferably with a Level 3 Forest School Leader.

Please note if you are working by yourself you are not qualified to work with tools or fire until you have been assessed at Level 3 standard.

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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