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Certificate in Applied Bushcraft – Level 4

“The syllabus is packed, keeping you busy at all times without feeling gruelling because everything is so interesting and the instruction is top notch. Each session builds on the skills already learned, giving ample opportunity for each student to practise and become self sufficient in the woodland’ Alex DeWitt

After many years of running an integrated skills and teaching programme we have now separated the practical bushcraft skills and the teaching elements formally found in the Certificate of Bushcraft Leadership and created a brand new skills based programme. The level 4 Certificate in Applied Bushcraft is a 26-day programme spread over nine modules.

Woodcraft School were the first company in the country to offer an accredited course designed specifically for bushcraft instructors in the UK. This programme of study remains very in-depth and comprehensive and is still the benchmark standard in bushcraft techniques for trainee instructors and enthusiasts alike.

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, atlatls, primitive glues, bark work, 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,  ses of plants and trees, habitats, , natural navigation techniques, hazard tree recognition, animal track and sign recognition,  finding and making water safe, effects of dehydration, fire lighting and management, bow drill, hand drill, natural and manmade tinder.

Duration and Time Commitment

You will spend three days a month in the forest throughout the seasons. We aim to produce practitioners who can individually cope with anything our climate can throw at them. In total this adds up to 320 guided learning hours. 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 nine blocks running over a long weekend and finishing on Sunday. We believe this system allows students to attend the course and still remain fully employed. Students are also welcome to arrive the night before if they have a long way to travel.

The course will take place entirely in the outdoors and you are expected to camp out for the duration.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!


The cost is of this course is £1650.00 which after the intial £120 deposit can be spread over monthy payments of £170 from the 1st October  –  1st June

Max course size is 12

Dates for 2019 – 2020 course.

Module Dates

  • 25-27 Oct 2019
  • 22-24 Nov 2019
  • 13-15 Dec 2019
  • 17-19 Jan 2020
  • 14-16 Feb 2020
  • 13-15 Mar 2020
  • 3-5 April 2020
  • 1-3  May 2020
  • 6-7 June 2020

Dates for 2020 – 2021 course

Module Dates

  • 1 – 4 October 2020
  • 5 – 8 November 2020
  • 10 – 13 December 2020
  • 7 – 10 Jan 2021
  • 4 – 7 February 2021
  • 4 – 7 March 2021
  • 1 – 4 April 2021
  • 6 – 9 May 2021
  • 3 – 6 June 2021


Course Dates

Certificate in Applied Bushcraft – Level 4

Please read the following information before booking:

Please note this is a self catered course and you are expected to camp and live outdoors throughout the duration of each module.

You need to be over 18 years of age to attend this programme.

Oct 2020 - June 2021

Course: Certificate in Applied Bushcraft

Training: Oct 2020 - June 2021

Location: West Sussex

Start Time: 8.30 am each block first day

Completion Time: 4.00pm each block last day

Course Leader: Phil Brooke

Course Size: 12 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £1,650 (Deposit £120)

Course Reviews

Rosemary Thomas

I have thoroughly cherished and been inspired by the experience of completing the Level 4 Applied Bushcraft with Phil Brooke of Woodcraft School. An extremely varied and informative course taking everything to the next level compared to week long bushcraft courses. A really great mix of practical experience backed up by solid theory and self led learning. I always enjoy the challenge of assessment which I feel pushes students to really embed the learning enabling them to study a subject area in depth. I have come out of the course having learnt so much, but even more special than that is having had my eyes opened even more to the wonderful world of natural living and bushcraft inspiring me to go forward and continue to learn even more. I would thoroughly recommend the course to those who have a drive to learn and the time to dedicate to enable you to embrace and get the most out of this course. I feel I have come away from the course with brand new skills; a deepening of knowledge in skills I already had explored; and a fantastic group of friends who I know will continue to support each other in the years to come.

Alex Dewitt

This course shifted the way I see the world around me, putting me more in touch with my environment that I used to walk blindly past. It gave me tremendous confidence and experience to teach bushcraft myself, and also the curiosity to extend further and learn more about all the many subjects we covered, from ancestral skills to craftwork and wildlife tracking.

The team spirit and camaraderie that formed over the course was amazing and I learned something from every other student, who all have their own different life experiences to offer.

The syllabus is packed, keeping you busy at all times without feeling gruelling because everything is so interesting and the instruction is top notch. Each session builds on the skills already learned, giving ample opportunity for each student to practise and become self sufficient in the woodland. This goes way beyond the firesteels and knives that some bushcraft courses are focussed around and teaches you the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.

I was so sad to see the end of the course, I wish I could keep coming back every month! If you’re curious enough about the course to visit this website, hesitate no longer and just book it!

Stephen Fletcher

The certificate in applied bushcraft builds on the foundation of the advanced award under the excellent mentoring of Phil Brooke

Bushcraft is a vast subject with many facets.  This course provided me with the perfect environment to hone known skills and learn new ones.  Phil is patient and will guide you in your learning, he will also push you to reach your potential.  Taking place from October to June you will experience all seasons and be provided with a comprehensive outdoor experience.

Thank you to Phil, John and the other participants on the course for the guidance, teaching a friendship over those nine months.