Level 2 Assistant Training

Level 2 Forest School Assistant Training

The Level 2 qualification is for people who wish to assist a Level 3 Leader at Forest School. This qualification does not qualify you to lead a Forest School project.

What does the training involve?

4.5 days of training with us which consist of practical and classroom based study. You will then have 3 months to complete a portfolio of work. During this time, you will need to assist a Forest School Leader with at least 3 Forest School sessions.

What does the training cover?

The Award in Assisting Forest School Level 2 qualification comprises of four units.

  • Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors; Looking at holistic development and how learning outdoors supports this.
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources; understanding the ecology of a natural environment and the sustainable use of natural resources
  • Outdoor Practical Skills; Being able to carry out a range of outdoor practical tasks including safe tools and campfire use, shelter building, making items from natural resources
  • Assist at Forest School; Looking at the role of the assistant, helping to plan and support Forest School sessions plus risk/benefits analysis
  • Our Forest School accredited courses are currently accredited through Agored Cymru. We are delighted that these courses are approved by the Institute for Outdoor Learning as quality training.

What will I need to consider before I go on this training course?

You will need an existing DBS check which we will need to see evidence of in your portfolio.

You will need to work with an existing qualified Forest school Leader to be able to complete your portfolio. If you are not already in this position, you will need to identify someone you can work with before you access the course.

An existing Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE)

You will need to make some time to complete the work required within your portfolio

You will need enthusiasm. Bags of this will go a long way!

How does the assessment work?

We will assess your practical skills during the time you spend with us. The last full course day will be a practical assessment. We will mark your portfolio when it is handed in. NOCN (National Open College Network) operate a pass/fail system so we cannot grade you.

If there is work in your portfolio which needs re-doing to pass, you have the opportunity to re-do your work and for it to be re-marked, until it is completed. We then have a system of Internal and External Verification to ensure our marking is of a consistent standard and quality.

What does it cost?

The Award in Assisting Forest School Level 2 Training costs £375 per person, which covers all training days, practical assessment, portfolio marking and certification. This also covers basic phone and e-mail support.

If you are in a position to book a whole course, for example if you work in Local Authority, or have a whole staff team to train, we are happy to talk to you about a discount on course fees and additional support packages. Please contact us to discuss the details.