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Outdoor Adventure NFCE Level 2

This course is suitable for students who share a passion for outdoor pursuits and wish to pursue a career in Outdoor Adventure Education. There will be a mix of theory-based and practical lessons and two external exams.

Entry Requirements

Applicants (aged 16-19) must have completed at least four GCSE at grade D including English Language or Mathematics. This is also a popular course for mature applicants who are considering a career change. Entry requirements for mature students can be discussed at interview with life skills and experience being more important than formal qualifications.

Course Content

Students will study eleven units over the year. 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 different outdoor activities like climbing, surfing, abseiling and navigational walking. This will all be backed up with classroom based work where areas like anatomy, fitness and assessing risks will be covered. There will be a large emphasis on students gaining practical skills and developing their own abilities using personal planning and reviewing techniques. Functional Skills are also an integral part of the course and will assist in students developing their academic side. The course contains a practical element, but an emphasis is still placed on written and theory work.

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 adventurous activities. These take place in a variety of locations including Portsmouth Watersports Centre, Calshot Activities Centre, White Spider Climbing, the South Downs, Lake District, North and South Wales.

How will I be assessed?

Students should be very aware there is a theory-based approach to the modules in this course. There will  be two external exams in fitness testing and anatomy and physiology alongside written coursework.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Students will be expected to bring the minimum equipment and clothing requirements to the course, to include waterproofs, walking boots, rucksack, wet suit boots, roll matt and a sleeping bag.


What qualifications will I get?

NFCE Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities) or Level 1 First Diploma in Sport (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities).

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 Level 1 qualification or Certificate of Achievement 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?

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure – To be considered for this course you will need to achieve a distinction star profile and suitable tutor report.

Careers:  multi-activity instructor (if you have the relevant qualifications).  The course has links with local and national companies such as Portsmouth Watersports Centre (Parkwood leisure), The Peter Ashley Centre, PGL, Neilson and mo

Course Information

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

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 02392 797 979.

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