Woodcraft School are professional suppliers of bushcraft qualifications, natural history and wildlife experiences. For the last 12 years we have been responsible for creating and delivering innovative courses highly sought after by beginners, enthusiasts and fellow instructors. Our bushcraft courses range from one day experiences to a series of NCFE IIQ awards from Level 1 to 5, taking you to the highest level of learning attainable in the UK. We also deliver for external institutions such as schools, universities and outdoor education centres. We believe that the student is the centre of the learning experience and to that end our staff are all selected as much for their exceptional teaching ability as for their knowledge base.
Our emphasis is on quality, employing a small team of dedicated professionals and avoiding excessive repetition of the same courses - this distinct variety keeps our staff and our teaching fresh. It also means we can ensure our clients have the best possible experience through well planned and thought out programmes and through small class sizes. Many of our clients have been with us since the beginning, having completed all of our courses and we can boast an 85% return rate which is pretty special!
Although applicable in wild areas we believe that Bushcraft should also become part of your everyday life, whether through craft, collecting wild foods or through nature observation. Bushcraft as a subject is vast and we will be the first to admit we are always learning something new, we do not suffer any elitism in this regard and don't waste time arguing points of technique and context with our peers:- we happily accept that bushcraft means different things to each of us and that it is entirely possible to arrive at the same destination by a different route. Much quoted, but still valid, is the premise that the journey is the most important part of any experience.
We are bound in our teaching by our ethical beliefs, recognising that pressures on the natural world are immense and that tradition is a poor excuse for hanging on to unsustainable and sometimes cruel techniques. To that end we place great emphasis on minimal impact and managing our resources well.
Woodcraft School hold the Investing in Quality Licence with the NCFE. We have been awarded this prestigious title because we have been through a highly rigorous approval process that is normally set aside for large schools and further education centres and our processes are under constant review by the awarding body to assure quality.
NewLicence Our Intermediate Bushcraft AwardNew
If you have recognised bushcraft experience and are interested in licensing our NCFE IIQ Intermediate Bushcraft Award Level 2 for 14-19 years olds then please click here for more details. We have programmes available at Levels 1 and 2.
Please note, you should already be running accredited programmes from other sources or learning bodies and have experienced staff in place to deliver these programmes. If you have achieved our Instructor course or our Advanced Bushcraft Award then you may be able to run this 14-19yr old qualification above, subject to approval criteria.
Please follow this link for more information on this and other schools running the award around the country.
26th February 2014
Despite the vagaries of the British weather, the sussex plant community seems to carry on regardless with a host of new life pushing through the saturated and often frozen ground. A walk through a typical broadleaved woodland in February and March may surprise you with the variety of plant life…Tags: Natutal History Bushcraft Course Herbal Remedies Wild Food Plant Identification Natural Resources
20th February 2014
We have been asked to provide technical advice to a company in Eastern England who own several outdoor education centres. Wildlife and education consultancy have always been part of our work but we have decided to start to add more details of this to our website. http://www.woodcraftschool.co.uk/about/consultancy.html
21st September 2013
Many things stand out in the memory after a trip of this nature but two in particular are etched in my mind. The first is the sight of a European bison walking slowly out of a pre dawn mist across a snowy meadow in Bialowieza forest, the powder snow being…
5th August 2013
By popular demand we are reintroducing our three day axe use course to or program next year. Along with felling, carving splitting and cleaving we will be looking at bark work, woodland management systems and hazard tree recognition. Watch the website, or join us on Facebook for further details.