Course Information

Who is the course for?

The Pearson SRF BTEC Level 2 Intermediate Award in Forest School Skills is for those wishing to run Forest School activities under supervision, on site, for example in a School, Nursery, Youth Club or Residential setting.

What does the course involve?

You will learn to plan appropriate activities and experiences aimed to promote children’s self-esteem, learning and development. You will be taught a variety of techniques for building self-esteem, independence skills and behaviour management. You will learn to plan these activities within the constraints of the setting: taking into account the safety issues and needs of peers, children, carers and staff.

What makes this course special?

The course gives you the opportunity to:

  • Develop knowledge related to organising and running Forest School activities
  • Promote the self esteem and independence of participants
  • Understand safety and welfare considerations
  • Develop basic practical skills in the safe use of tools, low level outdoor activities and conservation
  • Develop personal growth and engagement in learning.

Entry Requirements

You must have suitable experience and or qualifications. If you intend to work with participants with learning disabilities then suitable experience and or qualifications are necessary to work with these groups. You will need to have access to a group of forest school learners (children, young adults etc.).

What are the assessment methods?

You will initially be assessed on the course and then by submission of assigned tasks. These tasks are planning and implementing Forest School sessions for a group of your people; create a staff handbook; complete a diary of the three days training; write two reports of your findings; and be practically assessed. You will be given completion dates for these tasks.

How long is the course?

The course is run over three days. After completing the training you will be required to complete the further compulsory units of coursework. The total time commitment for an average student is 3 – 6 months from initial training.

What are the progression options?

BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Forest School Leaders.

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