ITC Level 3 Forest School Leader Training

Learn the skills to set up and manage a forest school setting

The ITC Level 3 Award in Forest School Programme Support (QCF) provides learners with the skills required to run and manage a forest school setting when conducting Forest School outdoor programmes and activities. It is designed to meet the needs of teachers, youth workers, students, childminders and others in providing everything required to set up a Forest School. As well as the practical training, you will be required to complete a portfolio of coursework which you will have up to a year to complete.

Our staff are friendly and experienced forest school leaders and are always on hand to help. We provide coursework support days and email/telephone support as and when you should need it to help you complete your coursework. 

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

Course Cost: £900 (flexible payment options available)


Topics Covered

How to look after and maintain your tools for Forest School.
How to demonstrate and risk assess your tools effectively.
How to use the tools to make something useful.
How to tie knots and lashing that will help you build an awesome forest school area.
How to put up a tarpaulin shelter.
Fire lighting and campfire cooking, including how do this safely and hygienically; as well as how to risk assess the activities.
Looking at forest management and how to reduce the impact of forest school on the natural environment
How to risk assess your area for activities.
Shelter building activities and risk assessments to do with this.
Ideas of activities for leading your own sessions
How to plan and deliver engaging, fun, safe Forest School sessions

Who is the course for?

Classroom Assistants
Early Years Settings
Youth group leaders
Conservation workers
Forest School Assistants

What can I use the qualification for?

Completion of the practical course and required coursework qualifies you to work as a ITC Level 3 Forest School Leader. The Level 3 is equivalent to an A Level. This qualification is designed for Forest School Leaders and comprises of five units that are designed to qualify a learner to become a Forest School Leader, enabling them to plan and deliver a Forest School programme in their own setting.

Entry requirments

Trainees needs to have a DBS check, have some experience working with children and young people. Trainees will also need to support a minimum six Forest School sessions in order to complete their Forest School Leader coursework.

Course Dates

Exmouth Forest School - £900
August FULLY BOOKEDMonday 23rd - 27th August 2021
September Monday 13th, 20th, 27th September & 4th, 11th October 2021
OctoberMonday 25th - Friday 29th October 2021
FebruaryMonday 21st - Friday 25th February 2022
March/AprilMonday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March & 4th April 2022
June/JulyMonday 13th, 20th, 27th June & 4th, 11th July 2022
AugustMonday 8th - Friday 12th August 2022


Forest School First Aid and Paediatric First aid

First Aid training is not compulsory however is strongly recommended if you do not hold an equivalent outdoor First Aid qualification.

Forest School First Aid training covers practical skills needed by those who work with children, providing the confidence and knowledge to deal with comprehensive life-saving first aid emergencies in the outdoor environment, including first aid for adult helpers. The complementary Paediatric first aid qualification satisfies Early Years Foundation Stage practice guidance and statutory guidelines.

Both First Aid qualifications are now available with The Outdoors Group at an additional cost.


Our Training Promise

  • That all staff are suitable, highly skilled and passionate with a broad range of specialist qualifications and experience
  • To always have a qualified first aider on site
  • To provide the best toilets in the woods!
  • To always provide the best beverages – filter coffee not instant!
  • To create a sense of community and that you will leave feeling inspired and positive
  • To continue to support you before, during and after your learning journey with us
  • That our training will reflect the needs of our students


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