Level 3 Certificate – Leading Forest School

This Forest School Leader training is designed for those who would like to set up and run a Forest School programme. Training takes place in person at Nene Park, in Peterborough.  The theory elements of the course will be delivered in the comfortable surroundings of the Lakeside Meeting Room, while the practical skills sessions will take place outdoors in our dedicated Forest School site in Ferry Meadows.

There are five Units of Study at Level 3:

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in Natural Environments
  • Deliver Forest School
  • Observation and Evaluation of Forest School
  • Sustainable Use and Management of Natural Resources
  • Teach Outdoor Practical Skills

On this course you will:

  • Attend training days which consist of both theory and practical tasks
  • Run a Forest School Programme in your chosen setting
  • Have a work-based assessment
  • Complete a portfolio for assessment.

Participants will receive ongoing support to complete the qualification, including access to the Cambium online support library of resources.

Entry Qualifications Required:

Level 2 Qualification or appropriate experience in education, youth work, childcare etc.


Level 2 Qualification in Forest School, Countryside, Woodland Management etc.


At least two years experience with client groups.

Established link with a proposed client group and a potential Forest School Site.

Aged 18+ at start of the course.


Before undertaking Level 3 Forest School Training, you are strongly advised to achieve a suitable First Aid Qualification and hold a current DBS certificate prior to starting your own Forest School practice, however, this is the responsibility of the individual setting where you will be delivering Forest School.

The course will take place on 20,21 & 22 September,  27,28 & 29 September and 2&3 November 2023.  Participants must be available to attend all dates.

Total cost £950 per person.

To find out more about this course and the other teacher training courses available at Nene Park, please visit:

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