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Level 1 Award in Introduction to Forest School Principles (QCF) (Ascentis)

About the course

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Forest schools is an innovative long term, educational approach to outdoor learning, providing opportunities for all to discover and venture in natural spaces such as woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children and young adults.

An Inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults consistent opportunities to develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment.

Topics are cross-curriculum, including the natural environment our ecosystem and the recognition of specific plants and animals.

Course Description

Participants will explore and experience all aspects of the Forest School approach, learning a range of activities to use with groups.

Experience a Forest School session.

Explore the Forest School ethos and principles how it can benefit groups of all ages.

Learn practical skills and activities to use with groups in an outside setting, including: sensory exploration, shelter building, games and using natural materials.

Develop an understanding of managing risk and how to work safely in an outdoor setting.

Learn about the woodland environment and its wildlife and how to minimise impact.

Make a start on written work for a portfolio (to be completed in participants own time to gain the accreditation).

(Please note you will be expected to complete 25 guided learning hours consisting of preparation, practical and portfolio work to gain accreditation for the course)

Students examine the latest brood of hatchlings
Students examine the latest brood of hatchlings

Countryside Studies

The management of land for the conservation of flora and fauna, general recreation, environmental education and urban regeneration requires a blend of skills. These include an understanding of ecological principles, a sound knowledge of management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation, gamekeeping and commercial sectors, and as part of your progamme you will have the opportunity to develop countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling, useful for a range of future careers.

Are you looking to take up an activity, gain qualifications for employment or volunteering, or improve your existing skills?

We have a range of course available for you at our Croxteth Campus in Liverpool. Find out more about our free courses in the Liverpool City Region.

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