Are you serious about Wildlife, Tracking and Bushcraft? We mean really serious?

We can offer you our Woodlife Trails Bushcraft, Tracking and  Natural History Diploma Programmes through structured development. Not only will you get a full programmes of learning and education covering all aspects of nature, tracking and bushcraft but it will also cover the cost of each and every scheduled course on the level you are taking for a period of 12 months (per level). The programmes are suitable to anyone over 16 whatever your experience.

This isn’t just a marketing ploy. Of course we want you to return on our courses, but if you take part in one of these programmes, as well as attending courses for free, you will additionally benefit from course tuition to become a well-rounded naturalist, tracker, and bushcraft practitioner. Who knows, if you have the aptitude, you may even start on the road to becoming a Woodlife Trails instructor (but only after you have achieved the Diploma Level 3 and have registered for Level 4)

Of course, if you don’t want to do the work – you can just pay the cost and come along to all the courses and events for free!!


Although the programmes are structured around the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) they are not accredited with an awarding body. We refuse to pay an outside organisation to accredit our programmes, the subject matter they know next to nothing about! We also believe that it takes more than a couple of weeks to earn what we consider may be a dubious “qualification” or award which is probably more designed to get a quick buck off you! To achieve our Diplomas, be prepared for a long haul and a bit of hard graft! But at least you will know you’ve earned it at the end!

Our Diploma Programmes are on three QCF levels and each takes 370 hours of learning (in accordance with QCF). Coverted to course and study hours it means each level should take you roughly a year. The levels offered are at level 3, level 4 and level 5. Each are stand-alone Diplomas and the level represents the degree of difficulty (see above QCF website.) You must take each level in order if you wish to achieve the highest Level (5.) We do, however, Recognise Prior Learning (RPL) but this is a vigorous process of showing us that you have the appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills both academically and practically.

The programme is very flexible. It’s up to you when you want a session and you choose the most appropriate date for a course. We will, as far as we can, give you information, tasks and assignments online. We are not afraid to use the latest technology to help you achieve what you want to achieve. Of course, learning and being assessed on practical subjects would require your attendance on some of our courses.

Our Diploma programmes have the benefit of being designed in-house by an experienced and fully qualified, training course designer and current QCF qualified assessor, who has had over 15 years experience in designing and delivering learning and development programmes for police and law-enforcement agencies. Qualifications include teaching and assessing in theTraining & Education Sector (Award, Certificate and Diploma in the Training & Education Levels 3,4 &5) and a Master’s degree in Training and Development Systems Management, NVQ Level 4 awards in Learning and Developement, and a Post Graduate Cert Ed in adult education.

If that isn’t enough, the programme is co-designed by someone who has a life-time experience as a Naturalist and Countryman as well as being a bushcraft instructor since 1999; skills aquired through practical application and not through academic study.

Be prepared to work hard; Be prepared to study hard; but also be prepared to achieve and receive the highest accolade that is available in the world of Bushcraft, Tracking and Natural History.

Be prepared to earn one of our Woodlife Trails: Bushcraft, Tracking and Natural History Diplomas.

Diploma Programme FAQs

Diploma Programme Terms and Conditions

Front Cover Record of Achievement…Diploma front page LQ (pdf)

To Register, please fill in the form below.

Diploma Registration

    A. Contact details

  • Please fill out this form in full and press submit at the end
  • B. Registration

  • We will contact you to discuss payment arrangements
  • You must be 16 or over to undertake the Diploma
  • C. Emergency Details

  • Please complete as fully as possible. The details will not be shared unless in the unlikely event of an emergency during the course.
  • Please state below if you suffer with Asthma, Allergies, Heart condition, Diabetes, Mobility issues, current injuries, other previous injury or health or mental health issues that may affect the conduct of the course. Please note: This may not prohibit you from undertaking the module.
  • D. Declaration & Agreement

  • I declare that I am medically fit to undertake this course.

    I also agree and recognise that, as with any outdoor activity, there is an element of personal risk associated with the activity provided by Woodlife or Woodlife Trails as the courses take place in the outdoors. By its nature it is never free from hazard.

    While all reasonable precautions are taken to minimise the risk, I accept that accidents including serious injury can occur without Woodlife Trails or Woodlife being at fault and to that extent my taking part in a Woodlife Trails or Woodlife course is at my own risk.
  • I have read and agree with Woodlife Trails' Diploma Terms & Conditions
  • We will review your registration and inform you whether you have been accepted or not.




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