Course Information

Who is the course for?

If you are interested in setting up and running a Forest School, or delivering Forest School sessions, where you will work with children, young adults or others in an outdoor environment.

We also offer this course as an intensive training option over 5 days plus 2 further skills days in the outdoors The outreach training course is for a minimum of 10 people, leading to the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Forest School Leadership.

After completing the above training days with the Forest School Team you will be required to complete further compulsory aspects of the course. These aspects are planning and implementing Forest School sessions for a group of children or young people, completing and evaluate log of sessions, writing a report based on your findings, being practically assessed and creating a staff handbook. You will be given completion dates for each of these tasks. The total time commitment an average student is 9 - 12 months from the onset of training with us.

What will I study on the course?

You will learn to plan appropriate outdoor activities and experiences aimed to promote participants' learning and development. You will learn to plan these activities within the constraints of the setting, safety and the needs of participants, carers and staff. You will learn to use the resources and how to set and use evaluation criteria including monitoring, observing and recording. You will teach 6 sessions of 1.5 hours each with your chosen client group, keeping a logbook of activities and development.

You will learn a wide range of practical skills including listening, movement, touch and sight. You will be taught how to teach the safe use of tools, (pen knives / saws), including safety procedures and uses for each tool. Uses for various types of wood and conservation issues will form a part of your learning experience.

Basic construction of structures: Participants will learn to build structures using natural materials to various designs. You will, learn basic knots and lashings and recognition of natural shapes in wood to aid construction.

Types and construction of fires: You will be able to supervise participants building and lighting fires to cook meals on, including safety procedures, the fire triangle, fuels and tinder.

During the winter months, you will be classroom based, learning the theory to back up the practical experiences which are delivered during the lighter evenings of spring and summer.

You will need to attend for 90% of the sessions, including two skills days based outside.

What is special about studying at Bridgwater College?

  • Bridgwater College Forest School won the Queens Anniversary Prize in 2000. We gained this prestigious award for our innovative approach to the teaching of a range of pupils from pre-school children through to disadvantaged and disaffected older children and students.
  • You will learn to use a variety of techniques including demonstrations and discussion, experiential learning and behaviour management.
  • You will be taught by a multi disciplinary teaching team. All staff, work with a cross section of groups from Early Years to disaffected students.

What will I need for the course?

To achieve this course you will need to meet the following:

  • To be over 21 years old
  • If you are working with children a Level 3 childcare/play work qualification and or experience of working with young people is essential
  • If you are working with learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, have a relevant qualification and experience of these groups
  • You will need to access the relevant client group in order to complete some assignments
  • To attend for 90% of the lessons
  • To attend two skills days
  • To teach six sessions with your chosen client group keeping a log book of activities and development
  • To self-assess these sessions and document with photo / video evidence
  • To complete all assignment work
  • You must provide proof of a relevant first aid certificate which has to be at least a 2 day qualification.

What do our students say?

Truly the most amazing and inspiring course I have ever been on

"The best day of my working week..." Sue Sellers

"It's good to go home feeling like I've achieved something!" Jayne Phillips

"It's good fun! I didn't realise how much I'd learnt until I wrote my logbook at the end of the day" Clair O'Dowd-Jones

How will I be assessed?

Initially on the course and then by the submission of the assigned tasks given to you.

Will this course lead to a qualification?

BTEC Advanced Award for Forest School Leaders Level 3.

What can I do on completion of this course?

You could set up, or work, in a Forest School, or deliver Forest School sessions in your work setting with children or young adults. This course would also be valuable in delivering Forest School sessions to people of all ages and abilities.

Further Course details

What Next?

Contact the Business Development Team on 01278 655111 or email business@bridgwater.ac.uk for more information.