Introduction to Forest Schooling Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

A learning method that reconnects children to the natural world, forest schooling takes teaching to our forests and woodland areas. It provides a holistic learning experience that focuses on the development of a child, not just academically but as an individual - building self-esteem, social skills, the ability to problem-solve and other characteristics, in addition to some aspects of a traditional syllabus.

Discover the forest schooling learning method – how it differs from other forms of outdoor education and its benefits both to children – with insight into how it can help those with additional needs and your career. You’ll also learn essential information about physical, psychological, and emotional development in children and the ways in which forest schooling can support these.

We’ll take you through the practical activities of forest schooling and what is involved in each. You’ll learn about tree-climbing, obstacle courses and other games, sensory walks, foraging, shelter-building, nature-based arts and crafts, woodworking, animal tracking, and the most popular forest school activity — campfire building. The course also covers the safety measures that are taken, especially with those activities that have an element of risk.

You’ll learn about the neuroscience that backs the forest schooling approach and take a look into some of the therapeutic benefits of this learning method.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Explore the benefits of forest schooling
  • Gain an understanding of child development
  • Understand the activities children undertake in forest school
  • Discover the neuroscience behind forest schooling and its therapeutic uses
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Forest Schooling?
  • Part 2: The Benefits of Forest Schooling
  • Part 3: Forest Schooling Vs. Other Forms of Outdoor Learning
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Forest Schooling Roles
  • Part 2: Career Development
  • Part 3: More About the Benefits for Pupils
  • Part 4: Effects Beyond Forest School
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Physical Development
  • Part 2: Psychological Development
  • Part 3: Cognitive Development and Learning
  • Part 4: Emotional Development
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Tree Climbing
  • Part 2: Obstacle Courses
  • Part 3: Games
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sensory Walks
  • Part 2: Foraging
  • Part 3: Shelter Building
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Fire Building and Lighting
  • Part 2: Campfire Cooking
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Woodwork
  • Part 2: Nature Art and Crafts
  • Part 3: Animal Tracking
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: More on Cognitive Development
  • Part 2: Neuroscientific Perspectives
  • Part 3: How the Forest Impacts Biochemistry
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Forest Therapy
  • Part 2: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Forest Schooling
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Risk Assessment
  • Part 2: Fire Safety
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

This course will take you from complete novice to understanding the multifaceted developmental benefits that forest schooling offers.

You may be a parent looking to get your child involved with a forest school or other outdoors group, an educator wishing to understand the benefits of forest schooling and how it can support students in more than just their academic proficiency, or you may be considering undertaking a professional qualification and wish to learn more about the subject.

Whatever your motivation, this course will help you to understand how forest schooling can help to transform modern education to benefit the wellbeing of children.

Please note, the completion of this course does not qualify you to lead forest school sessions but will give you insight into the subject and its place within child education and development. To run a forest school you will need to complete a recognised qualification.

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Accreditations

The Introduction to Forest Schooling Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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