Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure
Course Code: OR206

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. 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 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 and experience expeditions and additional practical qualifications.



BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (QCF)

Course Content

Units include:

Year 1: During the first year of this course you will complete the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Outdoor Adventure.

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 & sustainability in outdoor adventure, physical exercise & care of young people.

You will also have the opportunity to gain other awards throughout the course:
(Optional - additional costs apply)
BCU/UKCC 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

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 and Functional Skills.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / 4+, including English and maths OR Level 2 Diploma at Merit level plus English and maths grades A*-C / 4+. You will need proven enthusiasm and experience in outdoor adventure.

Next Steps

Level 3 Professional Outdoor Instructor, Apprenticeships, Higher Education

Career Opportunities

Public services, youth work, leisure centres and holiday parks