Bushcraft – Level 2 (QCF)

An opportunity to build your survival and outdoor adventure skills in Devon.

Why train with us?

  • Led by a fully qualified Level 4 Bushcraft Instructor. All of our staff are experienced woodsmen, versed in passing on knowledge of their skills. 
  • On-site practical assessment carried out with all the assistance required to evidence achieving Level 2 criteria.
  • A beautiful location with the option of on-site camping for three nights, plus one night sleeping-wild.

Course content

The Ascentis Level 2 Bushcraft Award (QCF) is an exciting accredited programme for people who want to develop skills to survive in the wilderness and woodland. 

Designed as a practical hands-on course run over five days, we will take you through essential skills and topics:

  • Fire – achieving suitable and sustainable fires using a range of techniques.
  • Water – how to source, process and purify water for consumption.
  • Shelter and bedding – sheltering from the elements to ensure efficient protection in relative comfort, with in an overnight stay in your own shelter. 
  • Essential bushcraft tools – utilising the saw, axe and knife with safe efficient technique.
  • Wood-properties and woodcraft in the wild – appropriate woods for a range of bushcraft needs, and applying knowledge of tool use to create products from wood. 
  • Health and safety in bushcraft – applying your knowledge and skills to promote safety over various periods of time in the wilderness. 

Alongside expert tuition from our resident Bushcraft Instuctor, each attendee will be presented with a free bushcraft knife, to serve them as they progress through the course and for all future needs. 


30 July – 3 August 2018


West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter EX2 9TG

West Town Farm is an idyllic little farm just outside Exeter. It’s the perfect location for our course, and also offers on-site camping at an additional cost of £8 per night.* The nearby village of Ide has local shops, as well as lovely pubs!


The total cost of the course is £500. This is inclusive of all tools and equipment required. A complimentary quality bushcraft knife will be included. You’ll need to provide food and suitable clothing. Tea/coffee/light refreshments will be provided.

Please note: attendees must be aged 16 or over.

*Once you’ve applied for the course, we’ll be in touch about how to book camping at West Town Farm. Camping is only available during the course.

Bushcraft Instructor

Brought up in the South West, from an early age Jake’s playground was the great outdoors. Exploring the wilds and woodlands of the region; Dartmoor, Exmoor and Woodbury Common, his interest in the natural world was nurtured and a sense of adventure inspired him to learn how to utilise what the seasons offered.

An early career in the armed forces provided more depth to his knowledge and further established his passion for survival and bushcraft practices and when his service came to an end, he began sharing the skills he had developed.

Intent upon spending as much time possible in his favoured environment and with a desire to inspire others, Jake qualified as a Bushcraft Instructor and continued his mission. He has been working with the Outdoors Group since 2017.

“Jake is one of those folks you meet who, when given a simple bag of essential kit, seems most at home when he’s not at home.” (Nick Murphy, Manager, Exmouth Forest School)

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