OverviewOutdoor Adventure Advanced (Level 3 Diploma)
This study programme is ideal if you wish to build upon your knowledge to develop a career in the exciting and developing outdoor industry. Being equivalent to two A-Levels, the NCFE Level 3 qualification is recognised by universities, so you can go on to study subjects such as sports management, outdoor adventure, outdoor education, teaching, leisure and tourism and public services. This study programme offers a fantastic combination of theory and vocational training and is ideal if you are looking for a practical course with excellent career prospects. The study programme is designed to give students detailed knowledge and practical skills for the outdoor adventure industry. You will study a wide range of units associated with coaching, leadership and skills development.
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To begin this study programme you will need…
Duration: 2 Years
- 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 ideally including English and maths
- Outdoor Adventure or Sport at Level 2
- Exercise, health and lifestyle
- Preparing for a career in sport and physical activity
- Principles and practices in outdoor adventure
And 9 of the Additional Units below:
- Equipment and facilities for outdoor and adventurous activities
- Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
- Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
- Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
- Assessing risk in sport
- Leadership in sport
- Sports coaching
- Work experience in sport
- Leading land-based activities
- Leading water-based activities
English and maths:
If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
In your first year, you will undertake practical work experience at the Shuttleworth Activity Centre. During the second year you will complete an extended work placement in an outdoor centre or related organisation either locally, nationally or abroad. Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
Additional vocational learning and qualifications:
During the summer term of your first year you will have the opportunity to undertake a group expedition and will be required to attend various residential trips. Throughout both years there will also be various day trips and opportunities to go on practical days away. As well as the chance to improve or learn new practical skills, these are often employment-focused and as well as winter sports trips, include outdoor residential trips to Wales and the Isle of Wight. As part of your studies you will also be able to take additional qualifications in:
- Power Boating
- First Aid at Work
The study programme will be based primarily at the Shuttleworth Campus, however other venues used include Grafham Water Sports Centre, Big Rock Climbing Centre and further afield locations such as the Peak District and Snowdonia.
All NCFE work will be assessed through assignments, which can consist of written essays, presentations, group discussion, practical observation and poster production. Functional Skills/GCSEs will be assessed through formal exams.
You will gain:
- National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications
- Emergency First Aid at Work
- English and maths qualifications if required You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.
On successful completion you could progress on to a Sport (Outdoor Adventure) HNC here at College. You could also go on to university or enter employment in a range of outdoor related occupations. This qualification attracts up to 420 UCAS points towards entry onto a degree-level course but is also the perfect lead-in to jobs in the outdoor sector. Many students start their careers as outdoor instructors and work their way up to leadership roles within a few years of experience in the field. The other route that this study programme opens up is the opportunity to go on to a teacher training course and educate others.
To take part in this course there will be an additional fee for clothing such as wetsuits, costing approximately £200, Trips throughout the year £400 and NGB qualifications approximately £200 (optional).
As well as hosting an exclusive careers event, we have regular guest speakers throughout the year and these can include: National Park Rangers, National Governing Body representatives, exclusive interviews with outdoor centre mangers and other leading outdoor professionals. We have also organised charity events at our Shuttleworth Activity Centre, raising money for environmental projects with National Park Rangers in the Peak District.
If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information – www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/accommodation.
Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.
Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.