Forest School Training Level 3, East Sussex

Welcome to our Open College Network West Midlands, Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders.

Location: Our Forest School Training takes place at Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex and at Parkwood Campsite near Brighton. 



Part 1: (4 days) Wednesday 18th March, Thursday 19th March at Mill Woods, Monday 23rd March & Tuesday 24th March at Parkwood Campsite.
Part 2: (3 days) Wednesday 29th April, Thursday 30th April & Friday 1st May 2020 at Mill Woods.
Part 3: (2 days) Tuesday 2nd June & Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at Mill Woods.

Course fee: £920.00. If you wish to complete our 2 day first aid training, there is an additional fee of £130.00.
How to book: please complete our online booking form.

About our Training:

Approved by the Forest School Association and awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands, this Level 3 Certificate provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare learners for employment as a Forest School Leader.

The training will combine key principles of Forest School with best practice from Environment and Nature Education, child development, the world of play (wild, free and therapeutic play) delivered by our professional team who have many years experience.

Circle of Life Training are now providing online learning resources to supplement this in-depth direct training. These documents are laid out in an easy to understand format that link to the Forest School Units. We also supply useful video material, links to best practice, a student upload to share valuable resources and the option to download resources for you to keep.

Course Content and Units:

The Forest School Training is based on best practice and research which includes:

  • Nature education and connection
  • Child-led and Adult-led continuum
  • Personal and cultural development
  • Educational and Nature pedagogy
  • Nature conservation and stewardship
  • Risk Benefit Assessment to enable resilient and confident young people
  • Innovative and therapeutic practice in the outdoors
  • Effective communication and behaviour understanding
  • Neuroscience and growing a healthy brain

The OCN accreditation training carries a total of 18 credits at Level 3 and consists of 5 units.
Credit Value 18, GLH: 155, TQT: 180
Guided Learning hours (GLH) supervised or direct study time required for a unit (indicative).
Total Qualification Time (TQT) number of guided learning hours (GLH) plus the time taken by learner for private study or work experience.

Download Forest School Programme: Delivery. 
Credits 3; GLH 27; TQT 30.
Download Forest School Programme: Learning and Development. 
Credit 6; GLH 50; TQT 60.
Download Forest School Programmes: Planning and Preparation. 
Credits 3; GLH 27; TQT 30.
Download Forest School Programmes: Practical Skills. 
Credit 3; GLH 26; TQT 30.
Download Forest School Programmes: The Woodland Environment. 
Credit 3; GLH 25; TQT 30.

Useful documents to download:

Download our FAQ's about this training.
Download our Level 3 Forest School Training Guide.

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Who is the training designed for?

This Level 3 Training is designed for professionals already working with young people who wish to establish and deliver a Forest School/Environmental Education programme.

It is appropriate for those over the age of 21 years with relevant Level 2 or above qualifications (teachers, youth workers, playworkers, rangers, ecologists or teaching assistants with significant experience of working with young people or adults (at least two years).

Are there any other course requirements?

Assessment will combine written work, use of practice file, reflective logs, practical demonstrations and group discussion. This training requires a significant level of paper work e.g short written assignments, risk assessments and health and safety policies. If you have any concerns in this area please let us know in advance.

First Aid

Participants should also have access to a group with whom they will run a six-week Forest School Programme. All participants must be DBS checked and hold a first aid certificate by the end of the Training. This can be a 16-hour ITC outdoor first aid certificate or equivalent. A tailored two-day First Aid in the Outdoors, delivered and certified by a provider registered with the HSE, is also acceptable. We can provide this during the training (at an additional cost of £130). For more details about our 16 hour Forest School ITC First Aid course please: Click Here

Why us?

Circle of Life Rediscovery has over 25 years experience in training professionals and inspiring thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds into the outdoors in both the UK and in Ireland.  We are a leading organisation in nature connection and personal development and have been the recipient of many grants and awards for our work with groups across different ages and backgrounds.

In Ireland, our staff team offers Forest School Programme Leadership Level 3 Training hosted by Earth Force Education.  Please click here for more information the upcoming Forest School Training in Ireland.

Facilitators: Our trainings are led by experienced and passionate staff with many years of teaching experience. Our trainers include Circle of Life Rediscovery Director, Marina Robb, Mark LloydJennie Lamb and Anna Richardson. Marina and Anna have co-authored the popular, 'Learning with Nature: A how to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities'.

For any questions please email:
01273 814226 / 07966 514469

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2018/9 Participants:
“I loved how all the participants were bought together through activities, games and music and how I have noticed nature at a different level. There was an excellent combination of outdoor and classroom lessons.”
“I loved everything about this training, from the skills learned, enthusiasm of the trainers and have learnt so much about nature. Thank you for an AMAZING time with a lovely team.”
"This is by far the best training I have done from any provider!"
"The passion of the course leaders has really inspired me."
"I had time to reflect, which I found very moving."
"I feel my stress levels have been reduced and you have made me re-evaluate my life. Plus, I have laughed so much! This has been the best week of my life."
“If it benefits me, and my mind and sense of self, imagine what it can do for children. It’s like no training I’ve ever experienced before."
“As well as the training side, this has been a personal journey and helped me to rediscover and reconnect as well as great for my mind and mental health.”
“A great balance of theory and practical skills. Just truly an amazing experience, I feel confident to now deliver sessions.”

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