Survival Courses - Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced (2 days, 1 night)


DEsigned to give students a whole new experience and outlook on life.  

The Really Wild Survival Academy is the pinnacle of outdoor learning. Students learn the skills needed to survive and thrive outdoors in spring summer, autumn and winter, with winter being one of our most popular seasons for learning.

As the student's progress through our 3 different courses; introductory, intermediate and advanced levels, students have the opportunity to demonstrate a progression of learning and personal development that we believe is second to none. The courses are also a tremendous addition to the DofE programme with learning at Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels making young people better and safer outdoors.

The Survival Academy plugs perfectly into the Expeditions listed below where the students can test their skills and build on them anywhere in the world!

Have a look below at the diagram, any combination of each grouping can be combined to suit your students and the school's needs.

At Really Wild Education we have a great deal of experience running and facilitating DofE training. If you would like us to help facilitate a successful DofE program at the school have a look at our DofE training page and events here, or just give us a call and have a chat.

Example Survival Course Outline

Students develop their bush craft and survival skills to an extremely high standard. On completion of these courses, students will be equipped with the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to survive and thrive in even the most challenging of situations and environments. This applies equally to the outdoors as it does to other aspects of the students' lives.  

These include: 

  • Survival priorities and attitude

  • Fire craft - safety, ignition, uses and a range of different fire lays  

  • Knife craft, safety, the law, carving and the use of other woodland tools 

  • Stalking and trackingprimitive technologies and tool designuse and evaluation of primitive weapons and tools 

  • Search and rescue, first aid, managing emergencies and trail blazing

  • Foraging for and the preparation of wild foods and wild medicines  

  • Nutrition and diet, meal planning and backwoods cooking

  • Wild navigation, compass and map use  

  • Rope craft, knots and tarpology  

  • Morse code and night navigation  

  • Shelter - natural and man made using multiple techniques,

  • Camp craft -  safety, organisation and wood craft skills

  • Sourcing water, filtration, purification and management

  • Expedition planning, preparation and safety 

  • Effective communication, leadership, teamwork and lessons on successful society and human development.

Learning Outcomes

Students who undertake our survival courses tend to become great leaders in their school and wider community. Furthermore, the courses hone students' abilities to think for themselves; to listen, to learn and then act appropriately to many challenging situations. They develop responsibility as well as range of valuable technical skills. Students' attention in school increases and they find that school becomes a place that they really want to be in. 

Educational learning: 

  • KS3 and 4 and 5 Science 
  • KS3 and 4 and 5 Geography 
  • KS3 and 4 and 5 PE 
  • KS3 and 4 and 5 Design Technology 
  • KS3 and 4 Maths 
  • KS3 PSHRE 
  • Environmental studies and woodland management 
  • British Natural history and Evolution 
  • KS2 Pre-History