Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 3 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus Skills & Qualifications

What’s it all about?

This course represents a programme that is suitable for candidates who have either completed our intermediate year (Level 3 Certificate) or who have extensive experience of the listed activities (including group work).

The programme focusses on your development through the National Governing Body Award schemes for both land and water based qualifications. Working alongside our instructor team you will assist in the facilitation of activities for the foundation and intermediate year groups.

You will also organise and attend activity residential weeks in areas such as the Lake District, North Wales and the West Highlands of Scotland.

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, or a relevant level 2 qualification. In addition to these, you must have accredited personal experience (including group work) which is relevant to the course. It may be possible to access this course on completion of the Foundation or level 3 certificate course.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire As the course is focused on attaining industry recognised qualifications the cost of joining professional bodies such as The British Mountaineering Council, British Canoeing and Mountain Training would need to be met by the student. Training fees and assessment fees may also need to be paid for along with certifcate costs.

The course is primarily practical skills based and so is mainly assessed in that way, including assessor observations in the workplace. Proof of underpinning knowledge is tested by oral or written assessment and includes preparing session plans and risk assessments.

The candidate is required to produce a portfolio of evidence over the course of the year.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

This course would include 2 to 3 days a week at college but it would be expected that students would be gaining experience in the outdoor industry and taking part in activities with clubs and employers whilst not in college.

Core units students will study are:

- Leading Land Based Activities
- Leading Water Based Activities
- Organising an Event


What’s next?

The course offers an excellent foundation and springboard for those wishing to work at a good level in the outdoor industry and many of our students move straight into employment on completion of this course.

A Foundation Degree in Outdoor Education or Sport Science or a teaching qualification, e.g. Certificate in Education could be considered. A NVQ level 4 in management in the outdoor industry may also be a consideration.

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