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Sport (Outdoor Adventure) (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Length | Entry requirements | Fees

What does this course offer me?

  • This course will give you an insight into the various different career routes you can take in the outdoor adventure sector.
  • You'll have classes based at our Oaklands Manor outdoor pursuits centre, with 58 acres of outdoor activity facilities, including climbing walls, low rope courses and a caving course.

Tell me about the course in general

This course is made up of a variety of units including:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skills for Land Based and Water Based Adventurous Activities
  • Leadership.

You'll spend two weeks in a work related placement of your choice. In the past, students have attended outdoor education centres, climbing walls and indoor activities centres, including ski slopes.

You may also be able to take extra short courses throughout the year, including first aid and coaching certificates.

You'll need to buy a basic sports kit package. We'll give you more details about this after your interview.

The course also includes several field trips throughout the year, which you may need to pay towards. We'll let you know the cost before the trip.

What qualifications will I get?

You'll get these qualifications:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure), which is equivalent to three A levels
  • Functional Skills qualifications in Maths and English.

You may also be able to take extra short courses, including British Canoe Union Star Awards, Foundation Safety & Rescue Training, first aid and leadership and coaching certificates (eg Day Walk Leader Award, Orienteering Level 1 coach)

What can I go on to next?

You could look for a role in the outdoor adventure industry, for example as an outdoor pursuits instructor.

Alternatively, you could move on to a university level qualification, such as BA (Hons) Outdoor Activity Leadership and Coaching at the University of Derby Buxton.

What our students say

Ed Hamer, former student and medal winning climber, said: "The course was brilliant; over the past two years I have learned how to develop my climbing, and how to train others and lead parties of climbers in the outdoors, adhering to health and safety guidelines." Find out more about Ed's success at an international climbing competition. 

How you'll learn

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed on your coursework using various assessment methods. There are no exams.


Two years full time.


Find out what the fees are for this course

What do I need to join the course?

You'll need four GSCEs at grades A*-C, or equivalent qualifications. Ideally, these grades will include English and Maths, but we'll consider all applications on an individual basis. You will also have an interview.

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