Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Outdoor Adventure, Sport & Fitness
Course Code: OR246

Ideal for the sport enthusiast who is keen to participate in a variety of sports whilst studying coaching and fitness at a greater depth. Equivalent to 1 A Level this course is designed to develop your understanding of health fitness coaching and sports development and enable you to specialise either in the Outdoor Adventure or the Sport and Fitness pathways.

This qualification enables you to develop your skills through applied learning and prepare you for a higher education course or a job in the Outdoor or Sports sectors.

The course has a large practical element where, depending on your selected pathway, you will specialise in kayaking, climbing, caving, bushcraft, navigation, mountain biking and sailing, or take part in individual or team sports including football, basketball, badminton, golf, fencing, personal training and cricket.

All students will take part in fitness training, personal development and team building activities including high ropes activities and will be involved in aspects of leadership and sport coaching.

Formerly the Subsidiary Diploma in Outdoor Adventure.



BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport

Course Content

Two units are exam based and are externally assessed.

Units include:
Fitness training and programming
Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
The physiology of fitness
Assessing risk in sport
Organising sports events
Outdoor and adventurous activities

Work experience
English and maths
BCU Star Awards
First Aid Level 2 Sports Leaders qualification
Entry in the British Colleges' leagues

Entry Requirements

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

Next Steps

Level 3 National Extended Diploma two year course, Fitness / Coaching degree, Higher Education, Apprenticeships

Career Opportunities

Career in sports and fitness industries, sports coach, personal trainer, dietician, fitness instructor, gym instructor, sports physio, leisure centre operator, health centre operator, outdoor instructor.