Level 1 Introduction to Forest School

Natural Collage Forest School

Date: Refer to FSTC website

Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm each day

Location: Various locations in Norfolk and Hampshire

Cost: Refer to FSTC website

The OCN Level 1 Introduction to Forest School course is a nationally recognised qualification and is accredited through the Open College Network (OCN). It is aimed at anyone over the age of 16 wanting to experience a taste of the Forest School ethos. It has helped practitioners to gain confidence in working outside with children and supported some to decide to go on with their training and become Forest School Leaders (Level 3) or Assistants (Level 2).

Introduction to Forest School consists of 3 OCN credits contained in one unit of study: Introduction to Forest School. The training equates to 30 hours of work and is a combination of training, a visit to an established Forest School and short written workbook.

Entry Criteria:
The Level 1 course is a simple introduction to Forest School, thus the only entry criteria is to be over 16 years of age. No prior knowledge of Forest School is required.

Course Itinerary:

  • The 2 day intensive training – (takes place over 2 consecutive days)
  • Visit to observe a Forest School session* – needs to take place within 4 months of the training
  • Workbook hand-in date – roughly 4 months after the training

*Visit to a Forest School:
Students are required to observe a minimum of one session at an established Forest School led by a qualified Level 3 practitioner.

Equipment and Kit:
All equipment and resources required on the training will be provided by the training providers. Students are required to provide their own outdoor clothing and footwear for use on the training.


View a downloadable booklet about OCN Level 1 Introduction to Forest School here

Please contact us for further information.