Level 2 Assistant Training

Level 2 Forest School Assistant Training

The Level 2 Forest School Assistant 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 a good mix of indoor and outdoor teaching and learning sessions. You will then have 5 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.

We usually run our Forest School Assistant and Leadership courses together which gives you the opportunity to ‘train as a team’ if you desire and make great connections with your cohort peers.

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 accredited through the awarding body Agored Cymru. These courses are approved by the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

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)

At least one year of working with your expected client group.

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 skills assessment where we will assess you to ensure you are safely competent in all the requirements of your Outdoor Practical Skills unit. We aim to have this unit of study completed with you at this stage.
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 phone and e-mail support.
If you are in a position to book a whole course, we are happy to talk to you about this. Please contact us to discuss the details.