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Outdoor Adventure Intermediate (Level 2)

Shuttleworth College Outdoor Adventure


Outdoor Adventure Intermediate (Level 2)

This study programme combines both theory and practical sessions to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of outdoor education occupations. This study programme will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and experiences that will help you to pursue a career in the uniformed public services, and is ideal if you wish to join the armed forces, emergency services, paramedical services or the Prison Service.

Course information

Course content

To begin this study programme you will need…

Duration: 1 Year

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 ideally including English and maths


  • Sport at Level 1
Course content

Mandatory Units:

  • Participating in sport (6 credits)
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities (6 credits)
  • Leading an outdoor activity session (6 credits)

And 4 of the Additional Units below:

  • Promote outdoor activities (6 credits)
  • Planning and running a sports event (6 credits)

• Expedition experience (6 credits)

  • Plan, deliver and evaluate an activity session (6 credits)

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.

Work experience:

  • During the summer term you undertake a group expedition and a work placement at Shuttleworth Activity Centre.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills

Additional vocational learning and qualifications:

  • You will have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to Outward Bound and attend a ski/snowboarding trip or a less expensive alternative.

As part of your studies you will also be able to take additional qualifications in:

  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Climbing
  • First Aid at Work
Assessment methods

All NCFE work will be assessed through assignments, which can consist of written essays, presentations, group discussion, practical observation and academic posters. Functional Skills/GCSEs will be assessed through formal exams.

NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Outdoors Pathway)
  • National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications
  • English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme (including completing GCSE English and Maths or Functional Skills Level 2) you can progress to study Outdoor Adventure Level 3. Alternatively you can enter employment at a junior level in a range of outdoor adventure occupations, including becoming an outdoor instructor.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme you will be required to purchase clothing such as wetsuits, costing approximately £200. There will be various trips throughout the year costing approximately £400 and NGB qualifications approximately £200 (optional).

The College has links with retailers which enable us to offer students reduced price equipment at the start of the study programme.

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 –

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Course Duration

This course can be completed in one year or two years dependent on your grades. Please apply for the course as normal and you will be placed on the appropriate course during the application/ enrolment process. For any questions, please contact

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 05/09/2022
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you’re over 19 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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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.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.