Environmental Archaeology and Primitive Skills Diploma

This innovative programme is designed to bridge the gap between archaeology, the environment and primitive skills.

By studying A level Archaeology, a Technical Diploma and a Diploma in Bushcraft and Primitive Skills, you’ll investigate the lives of our ancestors, the environments in which they lived and the ancient skills that they possessed.

You’ll be actively involved in experimental archaeology practices, study tours and research.

Course information

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • You can progress on to study a degree in the archaeology, environmental conservation or related programme

Career options

  • Experimental archaeologist
  • Research associate
  • Environmental archaeologist
  • Interpretation officer
  • Environmental practitioner
  • Heritage officer
  • Outdoor educationist
  • Bushcraft instructor
  • Primitive skills practitioner
Year 1 modules

What will I study?

A Level Archaeology (AS):

  • Archaeological skills and methods
  • World archaeology

Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management:

  • Population Survey, Ecology and Conservation
  • Practical Estate skills
  • Expedition activities

Reaseheath Certificate in Primitive / Bushcraft skills (Part 1):

  • Experimental archaeology
  • Flint knapping
  • Pottery
  • Beads and Ochre work
  • To include archaeology course work, and opportunity for fieldwork; e.g. dig

Field trips, including 1 week on a remote Scottish island

Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Year 2 modules

What will I study?

A Level Archaeology (A2):

  • The archaeology of religion and ritual
  • Archaeological investigation

Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land and Wildlife Management:

  • Green woodcraft skills
  • Investigative project
  • Countryside recreation

Reaseheath Certificate in Primitive / Bushcraft skills (Part 2):

  • Camp craft
  • Fire making
  • Metal work

Field trip to Sweden

Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

This course is not currently running. If you would like to register your interest please leave your details below and we’ll get back to you

Meet the staff

Geoffrey Guy started Bushcraft Education in 2013 after several years of practicing bushcraft and teaching it as a freelance instructor. He also writes for Buschcraft and Survival Skills Magazine.

Dr Peter Groom is an Experimental Archaeologist, Bushcraft Practitioner and Environmentalist. He has over 30 years’ experience in the nature conservation sector as a Field Officer for The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, a Senior Ranger and a Senior Lecturer/Course Manager specialising in Countryside/Habitat Management.