OCN accredited training in England, Scotland & Wales 
Tel: England 07787 930030 Scotland 01698 543418 
Modular Forest School Training Format  
The modular format has been created and is unique to FSTC.  
The modular training course is divided into a series of 2-day 'modules', starting with an introduction to Forest School and progessing right through to Level 3 Forest School Leader level. 
 
Each module progresses on from the previous one and students can choose how far they wish to progress.  
Students can then top-up at a later date when they are ready to progress on to the higher levels of the training. 
 
Each module has a number of workbooks requiring written answers to be completed. This should ensure that students are able to complete their coursework whilst they are progressing through the training modules.  
 
Choosing the right level of training on the modular course 
If you would like to lead at Forest School, then you will need to choose the level 3 training. 
If you would like to assist at FS, then the level 2 training is the one to choose. 
 
Modules to be completed 
Level 3 students need to complete modules 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 (total of 9 days training, including 2 assessments). 
Level 2 students need to complete modules 1 & 2 (total of 4 days training). 
Level 1 students need to complete just module 1 (total of 2 days training). 
 
Top-Up students 
If you have already completed the level 2 Forest School training course, you can top-up to level 3 by completing modules 3,4,5 & 6. 
If you have already completed the level 1 Forest School training course, you can top-up to level 2 (FS Assistant) by completing module 2. 
 
Module Contents 
Module 1- A 2-day Foundation Module. This module is an introduction to the concept of Forest School, covering general health & safety, basic identification skills, an introduction to play and its links to Forest School. One workbook will need to be completed. 
 
Modules 2, 3 & 4 - All these modules are 2-days: Leader 1, Leader 2 & Leader 3. The content of these three Leader Modules will cover the application of learning theories to Forest School, methods of increasing self-esteem and working on emotional intelligence, group management, communication strategy, risk management, ecological impact assessment/management plan, as well as working with tools and campfires for use at Forest School. Three workbooks will need to be completed in modules 2 & 3. Module 4 has one workbook plus handbook to be completed. 
 
Module 5 - A 1-day Practical Skills Assessment. Students will be assessed on their competence with knots and their safe use of tools and firecraft. 
 
Module 6 - A half-day Delivery Assessment. Students plan and run an introductory 6-week Forest School Programme, with a small group of children in their own choice of woodland setting. Students will need to write up their evidence of session planning, risk assessments, observations and evaluations for their introductory 6-week Forest School Programme. During the 5th or 6th session of their introductory 6-week Forest School Programme, students will be assessed on their leadership skills and their Health & Safety documentation for running Forest School Programmes. Students will need to book themselves in for a 2 hour assessment. 
 
Level 3 Forest School Leader Modular Format & Content 
The level 3 training is the nationally recognised standard of training required to lead Forest School sessions with children and young people. It is a medium-term training course which takes around 9 months to complete. This training is accredited through the Open College Network (OCN) and carries 18 credits at level 3. 
 
Students need to complete all 6 modules. 
 
Equipment 
All information, materials and other health and safety equipment will be provided during the training course. Students will be required to provide their own Safety boots and outdoor clothing for use during the training. (For details on safety boots see FAQs). 
 
First Aid 
Students will need to have their First Aid Certificate in place before running their introductory 6-week FS Programme (2-day ITC Outdoor First Aid or 2-day Paediatric First Aid). Current First Aid courses > 
 
Level 2/3 Top Up Forest School Leader Training  
This training is specifically for those who already hold a level 2 FS Assistant certificate and wish to top up their trainig to become a Forest School Practitioner, leading at Forest School. The training consists of 4 modules and includes two assessments.  
 
Students will need to complete modules 3,4,5 & 6
 
To book onto the Top-Up course 
Students will need to submit their level 2 coursework and a copy of their level 2 certificate to book onto this course. 
 
Equipment 
All information, materials and other health and safety equipment will be provided during the training course. Students will be required to provide their own Safety boots and outdoor clothing for use during the training. (For details on safety boots see FAQs). 
 
First Aid 
Students will need to have their First Aid Certificate in place before running their introductory 6-week FS Programme (2-day ITC Outdoor First Aid or 2-day Paediatric First Aid). 
This training is accredited through the Open College Network (OCN) and carries 18 credits at level 3. 
 
Level 2 Forest School Assistant Training  
This training is aimed at those who are supporting an existing level 3 qualified Forest School Practitioner. This training qualifies you to assist at Forest School. This training requires you to take part in 3 Forest School sessions in the role of the assistant. This course is OCN accredited and carries 4 credits at level 2. 
 
Students will need to complete modules 1 & 2 
 
Assisting with FS Programme 
Students to assist with 3 sessions of Forest School, led by a qualified level 3 Forest School Leader. Students will be assisting with planning, risk assessing, making observations and evaluations of their work at the Forest School Progarmme. FSTC will need to see the level 3 leader's certificate. 
 
Equipment 
All information, materials and other health and safety equipment will be provided during the training course. Students will need to provide their own outdoor clothing for use during the training. Safety Boots are not a requirement for the level 2 modular course. 
 
Level 1 Introduction to Forest School Training  
This level of training is designed as an introduction to the Forest School ethos and basic skills. It can also be used as a springboard on to further Forest School training, ultimately leader training at level 3. This course is OCN accredited and carries 3 credits at level 1. 
 
Students will need to complete just module 1 
 
Visiting a FS Session 
Students will need to visit a session of Forest School, led by a qualified level 3 Forest School Leader. Students will be making observations on the role of the adult during the FS session and write this up as part of their coursework. The FS Leader will need to sign the witness statement in the coursework. 
 
Equipment 
All information and materials will be provided during the training course. Students will need to provide their own outdoor clothing for use during the training. Safety Boots are not a requirement at this level. 
 
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