Learn the skills required to support Forest School Leaders.

Learn the skills to work in a Forest School setting

The Ascentis Level 2 Award in Forest School Programme Support (QCF) provides learners with the skills required to support Forest School Leaders when conducting Forest School outdoor programmes and activities. It is designed to meet the needs of teachers, youth workers, students and others in providing preparation for further development and study to becoming a Forest School Leader.

Exmouth Course Dates

Bristol Course Dates

October (FULLY BOOKED)Monday 21st October - Friday 25th October 2019
February Monday 17th - Friday 21st February 2020
March Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March 2020
MayTuesday 26th May - Saturday 30th May 2020
AugustMonday 10th - Friday 14th August 2020
September Monday 14th, 21st, 28th September and 5th, 12th October 2020
October Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October 2020
April - JuneMonday 29th April
Monday 13th, 20th May
Monday 3rd, 10th June 2019
JulyMonday 22nd - Friday 26th July 2019
October - NovemberMonday 14th, 28th October and 4th, 11th, 18th November

What’s included

The level 2 is equivalent to A* – C grades at GCSE. This qualification is designed for Forest School Assistants and comprises of two units that are designed to qualify a learner to become a Forest School Assistant, enabling them to take a proactive role in helping the Forest School Leader plan and deliver the Forest School programme. Trainees needs to have a DBS check, have some experience working with children and young people. A valid paediatric first aid certificate is also desirable. Trainees will also need to support a minimum of three to four Forest School sessions in order to complete their Forest School Assistant handbook.

Where is it held?

We are excited to have two venues in the South West from which we can deliver our training. They are:

Exmouth Forest School; on the outskirts of Exmouth, Devon, in a 60 year old woodland.

The Garden; a democratic community and hidden gem of mainly woodland in the heart of St Werburghs, Bristol.

Who runs the course?

Tom Lowday delivers the courses for all Forest School Leader Training at The Outdoors Group. Tom is an experienced and inspiring Forest School Leader and is Director of The Outdoors Group, which runs Forest School sites across Devon in Exeter, Exmouth, Okehampton and Tiverton.

Course Length 

The course runs over 5 days. Either consecutively or 1 day a week for 5 weeks. Each day runs from 9-4.30pm 


The cost for the entire course is £660

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss the course or have any questions please either call 07716002516 or click the button below. Alternatively you can click enroll and get registered straight away!

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Our Training Vision...


Our range of training sessions cover teenagers, young adults and professionals looking to build on their outdoor education experience and knowledge.


All of our training courses are accredited and awarded by training organisation Ascentis and run by qualified practitioners to provide you with expert knowledge.


Many of our course attendees have gone on to build and develop their own Forest School setting, developing their career in outdoor education.

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