Level 3 Diploma in Outdoor Adventure

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
OR229A01/20/2 Further Education

Course Information

Do you want to work in the exciting world of outdoor adventure? Do you enjoy a practical approach to learning? This Level 3 course gives you the underpinning knowledge & skills to develop a career in sport and outdoor adventure through in depth theory and practical development.
This Level 3 Diploma (smaller than the Extended Diploma) will help you become more proficient in your practical ability in activities like kayaking, climbing and caving and will learn the skills that will enable you to flourish in the outdoor sports industry. It is also will help you progress onto Higher Education. Students will need to maintain appropriate level of fitness throughout the course, work on teamwork and communication skills and participate in a wide range of practical activities.


  • Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities
Course Content
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities
    This is equivalent to 2 A Levels

    Units include:
    Year 1
    A Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
    B Health, Wellbeing and Sport
    C4 Personal Skills Development in Outdoor Activities
    24 Health and Safety Factors in Outdoor Learning
    25 Outdoor Activity Provision
    26 Impacts and Sustainability of Outdoor Activities

    Year 2
    D4 Applied Leadership and Instructing in Outdoor Activity
    E Research Project in Sport (Pearson-set)*
    2 Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity
    9 Fitness Training
    14 Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities
    27 Expedition Experience
    *Unit E: Research Project in Sport can only be taken in the second year.

    You will have the opportunity to study GCSE Maths or English alongside this qualification
    You will also have the opportunity to gain other awards throughout the course: (Optional - additional costs apply)

    BCU/UKCC Up to 3 Star Award
    BCU/UKCC Foundation Safety & Rescue (FSRT)
    BCU/UKCC Paddlesport Instructor Training & Assessment
    First Aid qualification
    Mountain Biking Instructor Training & Assessment (MIAS)
    NNAS Bronze & Silver
    RYA Windsurf Certificate
    Mountain Training Association Lowland Leader Award Training or Assessment
    Practical content includes:
    Climbing, mountain biking, caving, navigation, paddlesport (kayaking & canoeing), ropes course, archery, orienteering (including competitions), personal training (gym) and team sports. You will take part in several expeditions culminating in a week long expedition in the UK or abroad.
    You will also have the opportunity to gain other coaching and leadership qualifications, National Governing Body (NGB) Awards, GCSEs and Functional Skills.
Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs at minimum grades 9-4 / A*-C, including English and maths OR a Level 2 Diploma at Merit level including English and maths grades 9-4 / A*-C. You need a keen interest in outdoor adventure/sport/uniformed public services.
Next Steps
  • Higher Education – University / Apprenticeships / Employment
Career Opportunities
  • Outdoor Activity Instructor, Assistant instructor. Outdoor Coach, Public services roles, youth work, leisure centres and holiday parks.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
07-Sep-2020 24-Jun-2022
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students aged 16-18. Students aged 19-25 may also be eligible for government funding or a student loan depending on their circumstances.

Materials Required

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