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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure

Level              3

Qualification  BTEC - equivalent to 3 x A Levels​

Duration        2 Years 


What will I study? 

This is an exciting practical based course which provides an opportunity to get out of the classroom and develop your knowledge, skills and experience in a variety of outdoor activities. Activities will include the following:

Outdoor climbing & abseiling
Indoor climbing & abseiling
Hill & mountain walking
Kayaking & canoeing
River scrambling

Experience is not required in any of the above activities, just a willingness to get involved!

In addition to being based at college, lessons will also take place at Manvers Waterfront, The Foundry Climbing Centre and in the Peak District.

The following is a breakdown of the units that make up the qualification:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport 
The Physiology of Fitness 
Assessing Risk in Sport  
Fitness Training and Programming
Leadership in Sport
Principles and Practices in Outdoor Adventure
Equipment and Facilities for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
Sports Coaching
Sports Injuries
Organising Sports Events 
Work Experience in Sport
Impact and Sustainability in Outdoor Adventure 
Environmental Education for Outdoor Adventure 
Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 
Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 
Leading Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 
Leading Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 
Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions 
Alternative Pursuits for Outdoor Adventure 

To enhance learner experience and develop CVs a number of additional opportunities will also be made available, including:

DofE Bronze, Silver & Gold
Assistant Climbing Instructor Qualification
Foundation Water Safety & Rescue Training
British Canoeing Performance Pathway
Gym Instructing / Personal Trainer Qualification
First Aid

Study Visits

To enhance the curriculum there will be an optional opportunity to go on residential trips in both the 1st and 2nd year. Residential venues will  be selected from the following:
Lake District
North Wales


Transport and activity costs for lessons away from college campus will be £50 per year.

Residentials will be approximately £250 per trip - not compulsory. 

Prospective learners will also need their own personal outdoor equipment such as:

Ruck sack - £20 approx
Water proof top - £15 approx
Water proof bottoms - £15 approx
Walking boots - £30 approx
Hat and gloves - £15 approx

Advice and support will be given to learners about appropriate personal outdoor equipment at the start of the course and there will be an opportunity to buy all items at a discounted price through college.

Please note that all specialist safety equipment (e.g. climbing harness, buoyancy aids, helmets etc) will be supplied by the college.


All units are assessed through portfolio assignments, which are set & marked by your teachers.

Entry Criteria

General college entry criteria for Level 3. 


Having successfully completed the course learners will then have an opportunity, through college support and guidance, to progress into:

University – Outdoor Adventure / Outdoor Management / Outdoor Instructor / Sports Science / Physical Education / Teaching
Apprenticeship schemes as an outdoor instructor based within an outdoor company
Armed Forces
Police Force
Fire Service