The Survival School Level 2 Weekend Bushcraft Training – NCFE CQ Accredited

(17 customer reviews)


This course is an introduction to the world of Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living.

You’ll gain a good understanding of the basic skills required to help you survive in the wilderness, but it will be down to you to practice.

This course is intended for those who wish to test themselves a little bit, by doing their own game preparation and sleeping in shelters built by their own hands.

Sounds easy, but how would you manage?

If you have a group, you can book your own weekend or 2 night course during the week.

For details on the optional follow up assessment to gain the qualification – please see here

Site Entry is not included in the cost of this course

Holders of Valid Forestry England Memberships are entitled to a 15% discount on this weekend course at High Lodge. 

Forestry England Membership number must be verified as current before the booking is confirmed. Call to discuss on 07833 182 180

Forestry England Membership Discount cannot be used in conjunction with other offers


This course is NCFE IIQ Accredited


Back To Wilderness provides this course under licence from Survival School, NCFE Centre 001135

From 1st August 2022, all certification will be in the form of eCertificates.

**Gift vouchers also available for an additional P&P fee – contact me for details.**

SKU: BTW-2DBCTHL Category:


Saturday ItineraryFCHL

  • 07:00-07:30 – Arrival
  • 07:30-08:00 – Welcome Safety Brief
  • 08:00-09:00 – Breakfast – Damper Bread
  • 09:00-10:00 – Cutting Tool Safety & Cutting Techniques
  • 10:00-10:15 – Coffee Break
  • 10:15-12:15 – Shelters
  • 12:15-13:45 – Game Preparation for lunch – Trout
  • 13:45-14:45 – Game Preparation for dinner – Rabbit
  • 14:45-15:45 – Finish Shelters
  • 15:45-16:00 – Coffee Break
  • 16:00-18:30 – Fire Preparation
  • 18:30-19:00 – De-Brief
  • 19:00 – Dinner & Down Time

Sunday Itinerary

  • 07:30-08:30 – Breakfast – Damper Bread
  • 08:30-09:15 – Water Sourcing & Purification
  • 09:15-09:30 – Coffee Break
  • 09:30-10:30 – Natural Cordage
  • 10:30-11:30 – Knife Sharpening & Knife Law (UK)
  • 11:30-11:45 – Coffee Break
  • 11:45-12:45 – Game Preparation for Lunch – Pigeon
  • 12:45-14:30 – Foraging
  • 14:30-14:45 – De-brief
  • 14:45-15:00 – Pack up and home time.

Timings are a guide only

What will you learn on the course: Level 2 Course Learning Outcomes

Additional information


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Additional Information

Minimum Participant Age:

• 12 yrs old if accompanied by a paying adult

Included in the price:

• Main Meals throughout the weekend
• A small additional charge is required for Vegetarian / Vegan meal options for the weekend – contact me for details.
• Hot water for making your own hot drinks

* Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking, or state if you wish to cater for yourself.

Kit List:

• Warm Outdoor Clothes
• Footwear suitable for walking in woodland and on muddy woodland trails
• Sleeping Bag (Bivvy Bag Optional)
• Waterproof Clothing as weather dictates
• Water Bottle
• Notepad and Pen (Optional)
• Camera (Optional)
• An open mind and a willingness to learn and share

Not Included in the price:

• Tea’s, Coffee’s and personal snacks

Please complete the following online consent form:

General Consent Form

17 reviews for The Survival School Level 2 Weekend Bushcraft Training – NCFE CQ Accredited

  1. Andrew Clark

    From start to finish which came all to soon the weekend was full of well instructed aspects of bushcraft and survival techniques. Ray has a wealth of knowledge and experience which he passed on to us in a very easy to understand and practical manor.
    Thanks Ray for a great couple of days
    I can’t wait to join you again soon.
    Andy from Bury St edmunds.

  2. Nick

    Brilliant weekend spent learning alot about bushcraft and survival skills, I enjoyed every part of the weekend and thought it was excellently instructed. Hopefully be back some time soon! Great work Ray!

  3. Richard

    Had a fantastic weekend improving and learning some new bushcraft and survival skills in the wild with a great bunch.
    Great to push the boundaries of what you can do and achieve in the woods.
    Just wish the weekend lasted longer.
    Thanks Ray

  4. Richard S

    Many thanks to Ray (and Andy) for organizing an unforgettable 2 Day Bushcraft, Wilderness & Survival Course. Really friendly and professional, well organized and prepared. Ray took great care to explain everything to our group, adapting to the needs of everyone from adults down to our young and enthusiastic teenagers (and there never ending stream of questions). Ray was the ultimate host, professional, knowledgeable and led us by example on respect for our natural environment. We learned so much in such a short space of time. Thanks again to Ray.

  5. S. Stevens

    A group of 12 of us, adults and children, spent Sunday with Ray in Thetford Forest learning about making fires safely, knife skills, trapping etc and it was truly fab. Ray was informative, patient and held the children’s attention for the duration…and the adults too! We even learned how to gut our own fish and cook it on the camp fire. It was excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. The children had a fantastic time and it was well worth it. Thank you Ray.

  6. N Harris

    Amazing weekend with Ray and Dave, thank you guys for your hospitality, your vast range of knowledge is so impressive and has really opened my eyes as to how much there is out there to learn, it was obvious to me how passionate you are about what you do and that has made a lasting impression on me, will definitely be back to participate in other courses in the furture!

  7. R Bias

    I wanted to highlight what a great weekend myself and the other teachers had attending the level 2 bushcraft course. Thank you to Ray and Dave for their hospitality and sharing of knowledge. They worked tirelessly to keep the camp up and running, deliver the sessions, prepare the food, keep the fire going and all with a smile. I highly recommend any activity with the level of coaching and outstanding service received. Thanks again and we will all be returning very soon!!

  8. R Doughty

    What an absolutely brilliant weekend I had at High Lodge. Ray and Dave are very dedicated, knowledgeable and professional guys who have taught me an absolute ton of stuff. Not just about survival and being able to let nature help you, but in many other ways too.
    Would I do this again.. YES.
    Did I really enjoy it … YES
    I also had the luck of meeting some people who were a great bunch.
    Ray… Dave… I salute you both. I thank you both sincerely for making the weekend great.

  9. Vanessa

    Belly dancer in the Wilderness

    Attended The Survival School Level 2 Weekend Bushcraft Course, incredible, fascinating and life affirming experience. Great course leaders, superb cameraderie between fellow students and course leaders. Not a dull moment, all 15 modules delivered in interesting, encouraging and knowledgeable manner. Looking forward to returning to complete the assessment. And ladies, you will fit in just fine here! Also, remember your insect repellent and don’t be afraid to try

  10. Alex

    Epic weekend!

    Attended The Survival School Level 2 Weekend Bushcraft Course. What a weekend! Definitely worth trying out. Whether you want to be educated on the outdoor living, work towards a qualification or just try something new. This is the best course for all of the above.

    The staff were amazing and made the weekend without a doubt! Funny, friendly and full of knowledge.

    Thank you so much to the team and all the advice they provide before, during and after. Cant recommend it enough! Brilliant weekend!

  11. Shaun & Ben

    Fantastic weekend loads of knowledge to soak up

    We had a great weekend. The instructors were very knowledgeable,helpful and very welcoming.The course gave a great insite to bushcraft my son Ben has some physical difficulties and this did not stop him with support from the instructors he took Part in every session I would definitely recommend and may even book again

  12. Robyn S

    An absolutely incredible weekend, the perfect balance of real survival and small comforts, everyone was incredible and so easy to be around, I have a big grin on my face at work today remembering all the fun we had and it will probably be there all week! Best money I’ve ever spent, I can’t wait to do more and I would 100% recommend any course that Ray teaches, he was a fantastic mentor who kept an aura of calm and humour at all times and delivered everything in a memorable and understandable way, keeping group morale up at all times. I will cherish these memories forever!

  13. Jasmine R

    I spent the weekend on a level 2 survival and bushcraft course with back to the wilderness. Ray and his team were very knowledgeable and friendly. I can’t believe how much we covered in a single weekend. I left the course with skills for life and a renewed appreciation for the natural world around us.


  14. Chantelle

    Brilliant course ran by a brilliant instructor! Not only did he teach us what we needed to know he also showed us different techniques to improve on. Would definitely recommend.

  15. Alex

    Excellent course!
    One of the best, no actually the best, bushcraft based course I have been on. The guys were excellent and you are made to feel comfortable throughout. It was like a home away from home! I learnt lots of new skills and will be back for the assessment as soon as possible.

  16. Bella

    Level 2 Bushcraft weekend course
    Fantastic level 2 Bushcraft course. Ray and his team are very professional and great at inspiring confidence. The course provided a huge amount of information but I never felt overwhelmed by any of it.
    Lots of encouragement to try new things with no pressure. The site itself is perfect, deep in the forest but a short walk away from facilities (24 hour loo!) Food was fantastic, you won’t go hungry
    I can’t recommend this course enough, great value for money, nice relaxed atmosphere and 1st class tuition.

  17. Neil

    Bushcraft Weekend (April 2023)

    Had an amazing weekend with the Back to Wilderness Team (Ray, Matt and Nathan) on 22nd and 23rd April. I spent the weekend on a Bushcraft course in the beautiful surroundings of Thetford Forest (Norfolk). The first day was fast paced and encompassed a number of activities including knife skills, fish and game preparation, shelter building fire lighting and cordage. Whilst there was a great deal of content to cover, I never felt rushed. The instructors ensured that everyone had sufficient time to put into practice the theory that was taught and provided support and guidance throughout. The passion from the instructors in teaching bushcraft is infectious and any feelings of tiredness by the end of the day were forgotten as we created our first ember from a bow drill. This was followed by weaving our own cordage from natural materials around an open fire. The second day was equally fast paced and involved foraging, water purification, natural navigation, and animal trapping. However, as with the first day, the instructors ensured that there was always time for us to understand and practice what was taught. Through the activities that were taught, including the animal trapping and foraging, it was clearly evident that the instructors not only have a phenomenal understanding of our natural world but also a huge respect for it. The importance of sustainability and ethical practice was emphasised for each activity. Spending the weekend with the Back to Wilderness team opened my eyes not only to how difficult bushcraft can be but also how rewarding it can be. It is quite clear that I would not be able to achieve my expedition next year without the skills taught by the Back to Wilderness Team. Whether this be utilising my newfound skills to acquire resources for food or medicinal purposes, applying water purification techniques or creating cordage for lashings – the potential application of the skills taught on this course are endless. I would like to thank Ray, Matt and Nathan for both a memorable and invaluable experience.

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