Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Level 3 Diploma in Outdoor Adventure
Course Code: OR243

The Diploma in Outdoor Adventure is suited to the outdoor enthusiast who enjoys a practical approach to learning and is looking to progress into further education or employment.

By specialising in outdoor and adventurous activities and coaching, this course is particularly suited to those who also aspire to work in the exciting sports/outdoor adventure industry.

The programme includes written assignments and classroom work alongside practical sessions, so the ability to work to deadlines is crucial. There is also the opportunity to take part in and experience expeditions and additional practical qualifications.

This course forms the first year of the two year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure. Successfully completing the Diploma in Outdoor Adventure will allow you to fast track directly into the second year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma and complete a higher qualification.



BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sport

Course Content

Two units are exam based and are externally assessed.

Units include:
Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
The physiology of fitness
Sports nutrition
Assessing risk in sport
Leadership in sport
Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
Work experience in sport.

Practical content includes:
Climbing, mountain biking, caving, bushcraft, navigation, paddlesport (kayaking & canoeing), ropes course, archery, orienteering (including competitions), personal training (gym) and team sports.

You will also have the opportunity to gain other Awards throughout the course:
BCU/UKCC Paddlepower, 1 or 2 Star Award
BCU/UKCC Foundation Safety & Rescue (FSRT)
BCU/UKCC Level 1 Paddlesport Coach Training & Assessment
Climbing Wall Award
RYA Sailing course Level 1
First Aid qualification
Mountain Biking Instructor Training & Assessment (MIAS)
NNAS Bronze & Silver
(Optional - costs apply)

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at minimum grades 9-4 or A*-C, including English and maths OR Level 2 Diploma at Merit level plus Functional Skills at Level 2. You will need a proven enthusiasm and experience in outdoor adventure. You will be required to complete a work placement.

Next Steps

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure Level 3 Professional Outdoor Instructor Study Programme Professional Outdoor Instructor Advanced Apprenticeship in Outdoor Programmes Advanced Apprenticeship in Leisure Management

Career Opportunities

Outdoor activity instructor Leisure centre instructor Sports coach Career in the armed forces Fitness instructor. This is also an ideal course for someone considering entering the public services, youth work, leisure centres and holiday parks.