Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure
Course Code: OR244

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 and skills to develop a career in sport and outdoor adventure through in-depth theory and practical development. You will 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 the ideal course for progress to Higher Education.

Students will need to maintain an appropriate level of fitness throughout the course, work on teamwork and communication skills and participate in a wide range of practical activities. The programme includes written assignments and classroom work alongside the practicals, so the ability to work to deadlines is crucial. There is also an opportunity to take part in expeditions and additional practical qualifications.



BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport Development and Coaching

Course Content

Units include:

Year 1 (two units are exam based and are externally assessed):
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.

Year 2:
Equipment and facilities for outdoor and adventurous activities
Sports coaching
Leading land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
Leading water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
Impact and sustainability in outdoor adventure
Physical exercise and care of young people.
(Four units are exam based and are externally assessed)

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 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
RYA Windsurf Certificate
Mountain Training Association Lowland Leader Award Training or Assessment
(Optional - additional costs apply)

You will also have the opportunity to gain other coaching and leadership qualifications, National Governing Body (NGB) Awards and Functional Skills.

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 Professional Outdoor Instructor Study Programme Professional Outdoor Instructor Advanced Apprenticeship in Outdoor Programmes Advanced Apprenticeship in Leisure Management Higher Education

Career Opportunities

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