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  • Axe and Craft Workshop - May 2014

    Last Minute Booking

    8-11th May 2014

    Axe & Craft Workshop

    This popular three day course returns. Only a few places left.

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Welcome To Woodcraft School

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.

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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.

Our staff are always learning and compounding their skill base; check out our staff biographies and news pages to see what we have been up to.

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

intermediate-bushcraft-award-badgeIf 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.

Woodcraft School Courses Calendar

Supplementary Information

Our own courses are run from an expedition style camp in the middle of 250 acres of ancient woodland on a beautiful private estate. We have a three acre lake, streams, meadows and we are situated right next door to vast nature reserves which we also have access to for our foraging events. Through kind permission by Lord Cowdray's estate, we also have access to an additional 16,500 acres of varied terrain which is great for our natural history and CyberTracking Events.

Course prices include VAT, camping, food (where applicable) and materials with the exception of our instructor programme which is self catering. We always have extra volunteers from our instructor programme helping out so the teaching ratio is mostly 1: 3. All of our attending staff are first aid trained, have CRB enhanced certificates and hold Level 2 food hygiene.

Most courses are based near Midhurst in West Sussex, however we are also running courses in association with several partners including , the Weald and Downland Museum, the Sustainability Centre near Petersfield and Sparsholt College in Winchester .

Our courses get booked up very quickly so if you see a course you like please be sure to contact us as soon as possible.