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Outdoor Education – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course is suitable for students who share a passion for Outdoor pursuits and wish to pursue a career in Outdoor Adventure Education. Students must be prepared for a theory-based approach and have a serious commitment to Outdoor pursuits.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above are required, including English and Science and preferably Maths.

Course Content

Students will complete a total of 19 units over the two years. These units will all have a different focus, but will all relate to the outdoor industry. There will be practical units where students will be expected to take part in varying outdoor activities like climbing, surfing, abseiling and navigational walking. This will all be backed up with classroom based work where areas such as the history of outdoor education, the impact that this has had on the society of today and the realms of health and safety that must be considered when leading groups. There is also a considerable amount of work looking at anatomy and physiology and fitness. Students will also be expected to improve their own practical skill outside of College time and will have to attend a number of compulsory residential trips to varying UK destinations. There will be several opportunities for students to gain additional qualifications during the course, which may involve examinations and some cost.

How will I be taught?

The course pathways are taught both in the classroom and through practical sessions.

A large proportion of the course will involve students gaining practical experience in the following adventurous activities: sailing, rock climbing, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking, orienteering, mountaineering, archery, team building, mountain biking, camp-craft, surfing, night navigation, scrambling. These take place in a variety of locations including Portsmouth, Southampton, the South Downs, Lake District, North and South Wales. Students will have the opportunity to take part in two of three overseas skills development courses, including a water sports residential in the Mediterranean and a land-based expedition-style climbing trip to Europe.

How will I be assessed?

Students should be very aware that this course is theory-based, and should remember that as there are no exams at the end, the coursework demands can be quite intense at times. This is not a soft option – you need to be fully committed to succeed on this course!

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

EdExcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure). Each unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction, and the number of points gained for each unit will be totalled to give a final overall grade.

If a student does not pass all units by the end of the course, a Certificate of Achievement or 90 Credit Diploma listing the units passed and the grades gained can be issued. However, we are confident that all students accepted are capable of achieving the full award given appropriate attendance, determination and coursework submissions.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

On successful completion of the course students can progress onto a successful career in the outdoors or progress on to higher education to study such subjects as BA (Hons) Adventure Education or Leisure Management.

Higher education: sports related degrees, teaching certificate, outdoor education related degrees.

Careers: multi-activity instructor, water-sports instructor, mountain leader, PE teacher. The course has links with local and national companies such as, Portsmouth Watersports Centre (Parkwood Leisure), The Peter Ashley Centre, PGL, Neilson and more.

Course Information

Work Experience is an essential part of the course; your individual interests will be taken into account, this could involve a DBS check, for which there may be a cost.

In the first year there will be several residential trips. Some of which are compulsory and linked directly to grading criteria and some that are optional. There will be some costs involved with these residential trips.

Students will also have the opportunity to take some additional awards such as:

– RYA Level 2 Dinghy

– RYA Level 2 Powerboat

– BCU 2* Kayak Award

– GNAS Archery Instructors

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit, please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

If you would like further advice or guidance, please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

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