Outdoor Adventure and Sports Coaching


Course Title: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and 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

5 GCSEs at minimum grades 9-4 or A*-C, including English, maths and a science with PE OR a Level 2 Diploma at Merit level including English and maths grades 9-4 or A*-C. You will need a proven enthusiasm and experience in outdoor adventure.

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.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
02-Sep-19 25-Jun-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time 3 days plus work experience 210
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Additional Costs

Kit costs. There may be some additional costs towards expeditions.

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

A kit list will be provided before the start of the course. Approach shoes, sports kit and suitable outdoor clothing - the clothing must be suitable for the environment and time of year, advice on all of these will be given on induction. Basic stationery - pens, pencils, ruler, eraser and notebook. KMC polo shirt - Kingston Maurward College Outdoor Adventure & Sports Coaching polo shirt. Waterproofs, wellington boots, swimwear & towel and kit bag/rucksack.


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