Fast track top-up course for qualified Forest School Leaders wanting to lead Coastal School - a 3-day accredited Level 3 course.

This Agored Cymru level 3 QCF top-up unit enables you to use what you already know as a Forest School Leader, develop the new skills and knowledge required and apply them to the coastal environment to plan, run and evaluate Coastal School sessions for children.

Course Content:

Days 1 & 2 (indoor theory and mostly outdoor activity)   

  • Tides; how to read them and use them in your planning along with other environmental factors   
  • Ecology; Essential plant and animal identification, native and invasive.   
  • Practical ideas for coastal activities that work, and how to lead sessions.   
  • Health & Safety on the coast; Risk assessments, current marine hazards and plastic pollution   
  • Preparing your CS Handbook - What you need to include including policies and procedures.   
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating CS sessions.

Day 3 (outdoor activity)   

  • Plant and animal identification   
  • Establishing CS activities suitable for your beach.   
  • Outdoor practical skills, beach fires and shelters suited to your beach.

Entry Qualifications Required

  • Must be over 19
  • Have a minimum 2 years experience working with groups outdoors
  • Completed a level 3 FS course / or equivalent outdoors in the past 5 years
  • Identified coastal school location


Level 3 Coastal School Leader