This is our flagship course and one we have been running for over 10 years. With around 100 students studying this pathway with us its year, you’ll be joining a vibrant and successful programme. It’s perfect for anyone that has an interest in sport and may want to develop a career as a watersports instructor or someone who has a passion for Outdoor Adventure and being outside. If you enjoy being outdoors, like helping others and enjoy coaching and leadership, then this course will offer you all you need to develop the skills to get started as an instructor.
Level 3 Extended Diploma (BTEC). The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure) is studied over two years and is equivalent to three A Levels.
1 Year: Foundation Diploma
2 Years: Extended Diploma
Four or more 9-4 grades at GCSE including English or Maths at grade 4 or above. If you do not achieve English or Maths, you will be required to resit these exams alongside the course.
This course is a highly practical course with a focus on Sport and Outdoor Activities. It’s prefect for anyone sporty with an interest in developing a career in the outdoors or for someone wanting to progress to University, particularly in to a coaching route or PE Teacher for instance.
Develop personal skills and techniques in outdoor activities
Plan and lead outdoor activity sessions
Develop communication skills and leadership qualities
Study theoretical aspects of Sport, Sports Development and Current Issues
Explore, plan and deliver a fitness programme
Plan, promote and deliver a sports event
Plan and undertake expeditions
Investigate how to maintain safety when delivering outdoor activities
Investigate and explore recruitment processes and careers in sport
Work productively within a team
The course is taught through both classroom based lessons and practical sessions. Each week you will have a day and a half in the classroom learning all the elements of the course. During this time, you will learn through lectures, workshops, discussions and tutorials and where possible practical exploration. All lessons are fully supported by resources, PowerPoints and worksheets which are all available on our Virtual Learning Environment to help you really achieve your best.
The remaining two days each week of the programme are practical, with one day compulsory and one day the optional instructor training. The compulsory days of the course focus on Outdoor Adventurous Activities covering Land-based, Water-based and Alternative Activities. You will take park in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating and stand up paddle boarding. On land, you will go on expeditions, walking, mountain biking, team building, initiative exercises, navigation, take part in orienteering and have the opportunity to go climbing. For Alternative activities, you will have the opportunity to go surfing, coasteering, take part in archery, bush craft, high ropes or go skiing / snowboarding.
As this is a sports course, you’ll also get to play sport. As part of the programme we play a range of sports such as dodgeball, handball, rounders, beach cricket, tag rugby, football and ultimate frisbee. On all these sports your ability is not important, it’s more about taking part and having fun rather than being the next Ronaldo!
This course is continually assessed throughout and is assessed by coursework. For each unit you study you will complete assignments submitted to your teachers. Don’t worry, you’ll get all the information you need to help you understand and achieve your best but please be aware that as this course does not have exams, this should not be seen as an easier option. At times the amount of coursework can be very demanding and your ability to manage your time and meet deadlines is crucial to your success.
You can continue with your studies in sport and outdoor adventure at university. Our students have gone on to study Marine Biology, Sports Coaching, Sports Science, PE Teaching and Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management. All BTEC programmes provide knowledge and skills that universities value such as the ability to learn independently, to research actively and methodically, to give presentations, to be an active group member and be able to demonstrate teamwork, project work, presentation and analytical skills.
We also have a high proportion of students that go on to work in Sport as a Sailing Instructor, Windsurfing Instructor, Multi Activity Instructor, Teaching Assistant, Sports Coach, Childcare or on Superyachts as a deck hand. By choosing to complete the Optional Instructor Training programme, you will be ready to embark on a career in watersports and work as an instructor worldwide. This programme allows you to access the RYA Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructor courses allowing you to leave after two years dual qualified and ready to enter the world of work as a watersports instructor. Link to Instructor Training Page
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