Outdoor Adventure Sport Level 3 -

Outdoor Adventure Sport Level 3

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Are you sporty with a taste for outdoor adventure? Then this could be the course for you. Designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the outdoor pursuits industry or further study, you’ll be covering sports like kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and caving, all under the guidance of our expert coaches. You’ll back up this practical experience with a broad range of sporting theory during time spent in the classroom, lab and gym. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Entry Requirements


at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

During the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport you will study generic sport units and also specialise in modules relating to outdoor adventure. This course combines both theory and practical work, spending at least one day per week in the outdoors putting theory learnt into practice. Activities for adventure students may include some or all of the following, canoeing, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, ropes courses, orienteering and mountain walking. You also have the chance to attend several residential trips during the two years. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and the course will also help with employment skills and/or university applications.


Course Themes

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness and training
  • Sports nutrition and injuries
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities (water and land-based)
  • Adventurous expeditions
  • Alternative pursuits
  • Environmental education
  • Leadership and coaching
  • Work experience
  • English and maths provision where applicable

Why choose us?

  • Weekly practical outdoor activities to develop skills and techniques in a range of outdoor activities
  • Several outdoor activity residential trips including optional ski trip and the opportunity for overseas travel.

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject.

Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

You could progress on to a degree/foundation degree course in outdoor education or other sports related subject.

Career pathways

  • Outdoor activity instructor
  • Leisure or holiday company work in Britain or abroad
  • Work for equipment manufacturers and retailers
  • Sports physiotherapist
  • Nutritionist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education teacher
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports coach
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports therapist


Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.


You will be required to complete 30 hours of work placement with a relevant industry-related business.


You can either seek a placement and work with our Work Placement Advisers who can sign off on your provided placement or a placement can be assigned to you by our Careers and Employability Team.

So you are prepared as you can be for this course, a quick reminder about PPE (personal protective equipment) required. For the practical work, you will need sports clothing and suitable clothing for outdoor activities such as warm layers, waterproof jacket, footwear for walking and a rucksack.


You will be informed of course trips and costs at the start of the term.

For classroom lessons, standard stationery for notes and USB stick are required.

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