Diploma FAQs

Woodlife Trails: Diploma in Bushcraft, Tracking and Natural History FAQs v5.0

What’s it all about?

The Woodlife Trails Diplomas Level 3, 4 and 5 in Bushcraft, Tracking and Natural History is a programme of study designed to give you knowledge, understanding and skills in a number of outdoor disciplines relating to bushcraft, tracking and natural history.

What do I get?

You will receive a Diploma certificate for each level you complete. Additionally you will get an award on successful completion of each level.

How long does it take?

Each level is designed to take one year. But you are not time-restricted. You can take as long you like.

What do I get for my money?

You are entitled to attend any scheduled courses or scheduled learning event (whether you participate or not) in a 12 month period as long as the course is at your level. Additionally, you may also attend any specific Diploma weekends. This amounts to approximately 7 weekends in all.

Can I pay by instalments?

Once you pay the deposit then we can consider instalments.

Are the Diplomas accredited?

The Diplomas are not accredited with an awarding body (like a City and Guilds or a University.) However, it has been designed by a qualified QCF assessor who has experience in designing programmes for law-enforcement and other emergency service agencies.

What will I have to do?

You learn through attending our courses and by guided research. You will then have to show us that you have learnt and understood the subjects which are listed on a Record of Achievement. You do this either by a practical demonstration or by writing or talking about what you have learnt (called an assignment). You may have to practice some aspects until you can do it well enough (and safe enough) to demonstrate it effectively or you may have to research a subject if you don’t know about it. In educational speak it’s a competence-led programme with roughly a 40%- 60% split of practical competence-based subjects to academic aspects.

How do I know I’ve learnt something?

You will receive and maintain a Record of Achievement which tracks your progress. Once you have been assessed on a Learning Objective, you can tick this off and move on to another one.

Are the Levels hard?

Each Level is designed as a progression. The levels have been developed in accordance with the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF) The higher the level, the harder it is and the more research you will have to do. Level 5 (the highest) is equivalent to second year degree.

Each level is also designed to be achievable – but be warned; it’s not a give-away! You will have to work hard and do a lot of your own research – but you can take as long as you like to complete each element or learning objective. The three levels are also designed to provide you with knowledge of increasingly higher responsibilities at personal, group and finally expedition levels.

What help do I get?

You can ask for help at any time from your tutors and mentors. They will not tell you the answers but they will point you in the required direction. They will also highlight good resources. This assistance is available 7 days a week via email. There is also an on-line forum made up of current Diploma students.

I’m not very good at writing.

Most learning points have the option of being assessed by verbal or by written means if they are not practically assessed. You will have the choice of talking or writing about what you’ve learnt in most cases if it’s not practically based.

Can I teach people after I’ve completed the programme?

No. The programme will give you an in-depth knowledge about Bushcraft, Tracking and Natural History, but it won’t give you the knowledge or skills to pass this on to others. We have a bolt-on module especially designed for this purpose. Please don’t think you can teach people based on the knowledge you have gained through this programme. It takes a special skill-set to educate others.

I want to sign up! What happens now?

Express an interest by emailing us at bookings@woodlife.co.uk and tell us a bit about yourself. We will then invite you to register at the appropriate time. Following your acceptance on the programme, you chose a payment plan and we will let you know what happens next.

We look forward to receiving your email.


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