Sea Green Leader Course

This level 3 qualification is made up of 3 units covering health and safety outdoors, developing and delivering  a Sea Green School® program and marine ecology and conservation

“Sea Green School® is a progressive educational journey that has a profound underlying message that encourages children and people of all ages to take ownership and guardianship for their local coastal environment. Sea Green School® endeavors to promote conservation and sustainable use of the environment as well as providing links to the curriculum and facilitate social, emotional and physical development”
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, 2013 

Residential Agenda 

Residential Friday PM to Monday AM.

The course is accredited through AptEd Awards and each student has 9 months to complete the course. The course consists of a residential and then assignments are completed via distance learning,  an assessor will come out to observe you in your place of work.

Welcome & Introduction This session introduces the course, resources and using the online learning portal. 
Practical skills X 3  The practical skills sessions will allow students to learn how to deliver and lead sessions with children. Activities include; sustainable fishing, fire lighting, marine identification, rock pooling, shelter building and sandy shores. 
Marine conservation & legislation  This session gives students an overview of marine protected areas and knowledge and understanding of conservation and the issues the marine environment faces. 
Observations  Students are observed on the practical skills they learnt at the beginning of the course by a fully qualified assessor. 
Sustainability  This session covers environmental sustainability
Activity Planning & Health & Safety This session focus on developing activities for each student that is relevant to their chosen location. The fundamentals of session planning will be covered and well as health & safety considerations. 

All the above sessions are continually linked with the curriculum and activities that can be used to engage children. 



Distance Learning Element

After you have completed the residential you will continue your learning journey via TCCT online learning platform and complete a range of assignments to create a portfolio. These assignments are designed to enable each student to increase their knowledge of their local area and create a specific Sea Green School® program relevant to their chosen area. The assignments also give each student an overview of marine ecology and conservation. 

Examples of assignments include:

- Marine habitats

- Marine ecology & conservation 

- Developing & evaluating your Sea Green School® Program 

- Marine species identification 

- Child development                                                                                   

Course Leader: Heather Carstens 

 Heather  is the main trainer  and assessor for the Sea  Green Leader  Qualification. For the last 3  years she has been creating, developing and running a successful Sea Green School Programme for Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. She has also been the lead on developing/writing and piloting the Sea Green Leader Qualification with TCCT traineeships. Heather is a qualified Forest School Leader and Assessor. She has been working in the environmental sector as a Marine Educator and Project Officer for 8 years, after studying BSc Hons in Wildlife Conservation, her main interests are marine conservation, ecology and mammals.  

Essential Information

The course is accredited through AptEd Awards and each student has 9 months to complete the course. The course consists of a residential and then assignments are completed via distance learning. 

For more information contact Heather on 01803 696241 or email




Student Feedback           

‘Very exciting course, can’t wait to get going.’

'Good balance of indoor and outdoor learning.’

‘Very useful. Ideas for practical activities were good.’

‘Very well focused and thought out giving us an excellent starting point.’

‘This has been a wonderful platform to now use as a spring board to extend connections with schools and community groups.’

‘Well organised, tutor easy to approach and a relaxed atmosphere throughout. Enjoyed the variation of learning from discussion to the more hands on task.’

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