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Certificate in Bushcraft Leadership - NCFE IIQ Level 4

Woodcraft School were the first company in the country to offer an accredited course designed specifically for bushcraft instructors in the UK. Our program of study is very in-depth and comprehensive and is dedicated to teaching trainee instructors both bushcraft techniques and how to deliver them.

You will not attend a raft of courses alongside the general public nor will you be expected to teach our courses on our behalf and pay for the privilege, instead, each of your sessions are dedicated solely to the development of first class bushcraft teachers and trainers and are attended only by such people. The outside groups we bring in to help develop your teaching skills do not pay us for the tuition. They are selected from groups within the local community who might otherwise struggle to attend a bushcraft course. This selection is designed to give you the best possible range of teaching experience and typically includes youth groups, mixes of children and adults and adult only groups. The range of experience within these are vast from countryside professionals to complete novices so your need to adapt enhances the learning process and gives you a wide range of skills and activities to draw on in the future. Trainee instructors are given the task of planning, preparing and delivering these sessions in their own style and with their own emphasis, we are not in the business of producing Woodcraft School clones who teach exactly what we teach, in the way that we teach it.

Upon completing the instructor course if students feel that they want to see Woodcraft School courses in action, we offer a volunteer placement where in return for helping with the cooking and preparation etc there is an opportunity to see firsthand life on the other side of the fence. This is free of charge, in fact we offer some travel expenses. Volunteers oftrn have a chance to experience our other courses and events as a reward for their input and assistance

Course Content

Tool design, safe tool use and selection, carving techniques, use of axe, tree felling with hand tools (axes), cleaving and conversion of timber, bow design and construction, atlatls, introduction to flint knapping, primitive glues, bark work, arrow making and fletching, cordage, net making, ropes knots and lashings, natural shelters, modern shelters, effects of heat and cold, clothing, backcountry cooking techniques, game preparation, winter twig identification, tree and plant identification, poisonous plants, wild food, basic fungi identification, coastal plants and seaweeds, using identification keys, uses of plants and trees, habitats, woodland management for recreation and conservation, natural navigation techniques, hazard tree recognition, risk assessment, codes of conduct, legislation for outdoor practitioners, teaching and learning theory, lesson planning and delivery, animal track and sign recognition, introduction to animal trailing, finding and making water safe, effects of dehydration, fire lighting and management, bow drill, hand drill, natural and manmade tinder.

Students also bring their own areas of expertise to the course and you may experience a wealth of other subjects than those listed, delivered by your peers during some of our teaching practice sessions.


Selection is interview based. Once we have processed your enquiry (see form below) then you will most probably be invited for interview:


The cost is of this course is £2950.00 which can be spread over monthy payments

Two places availible for the 2015/16 Academic Year

  • Please contact us if you are interested 

Max course size is 14

You can download the course information booklet and enquiry form below or if you have not got a printer then please contact us on 01730 816299 so we can arrange to send you one.

If you would like to apply for this course then see the Student Information Pack below together with the application form which should printed off and sent back to us.

Course information

Enquiry Form - to complete and send back ASAP

Final note: . We will know if we have any additional places after the last interview session on the 21st May; however there may be a mopping up interviews closer to the start time if we have any last minute cancellations. It is therefore worth applying even after the stated last interview date.  Telephone interviews may be possible to secure this place although we do prefer a face to face interview.


Dates for the 2015-2016 Course 

  • 9-13th September 2015
  • 7-11th October 2015
  • 11-15th November 2015
  • 9-13th December 2015
  • 13-17th January 2016
  • 10-14th February 2016
  • 16-20th March 2016
  • 13-17th April 2016
  • 11-15th May 2016
  • 8-12th June 2016

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Duration and Time Commitment

You will spend five days a month in the forest throughout all the seasons. We aim to produce instructors who can individually cope with anything our climate can throw at them before they consider taking clients into the woods. In total this adds up to 450 guided learning hours the equivalent of a full time college programme. The guided learning hours appear on the certificate you receive to reflect the comprehensive nature of this very unique course.

To allow flexibility for the students, the course is taught over a full academic year consisting of 10 x five day blocks which start on Wednesdays and finish on Sundays. We have found this system allows students to attend the course and still remain fully employed. Students are also welcome to arrive the Tuesday night before if they have a long way to travel.

In addition to the sessions at our site you will also have a good deal of home study so be prepared to live, eat and sleep bushcraft for whole of the course.


Assessment takes several forms depending on the subject matter and will include observation, question and answer sessions, written papers, identification tests and assignments. The process is thorough and vigorous and designed to ensure you have full understanding of the subject areas. This is not an easy fast track programme because we are dedicated to making you the best possible practitioners that you can become.

Accreditation and Levels

Since its inception the calibre of students has consistently been extremely high, frequently surpassing the original Level 3 criteria. Following recommendation from external examiners and moderators we have confidently upgraded the Certificate in Bushcraft Leadership to a Level 4. In recognition of the high levels achieved consistently by our students and their desire to expand more on their professional status we have also introduced the new Level 5 Diploma in Bushcraft Leadership.


Entry Requirements

It is impossible to take a complete beginner to instructor level over a year and so we would expect you to have reasonable level of knowledge of the subject prior to starting the programme. Our Advanced Bushcraft Award Level 3 is an ideal entry into this course for anyone relatively new to the subject. We will however cover all of the main bushcraft skills throughout the course to ensure everyone is work to the same standards.