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Sport & Outdoor Activities

Sport & Outdoor Activities

Mode of study HE Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Tuition Fee £6,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code FLR5ODE001 (2022)

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  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    This programme is designed for anyone with an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, sport, exercise and health, coaching, teaching, or a career in the military. All modules combine theory and practice using the experience gained from involvement in outdoor practical days.

    After the course, individuals can progress onto the third year of applicable degree courses at a range of Universities, begin a teacher training route, or go directly into employment.

    Jobs in the outdoor industry include working as a seasonal/trainee instructor in centres such as PGL, a full-time instructor or a senior instructor in LEA centres and eventually becoming a centre manager. Individuals will also gain the leadership, fitness and teamwork in the military. The tutors on the HND outdoor leadership course have vast experience in the outdoor industry and have many links to employment.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 48 UCAS Points in subjects appropriate to the course. This may include A-Levels in PE, sciences such as Biology, Level 3 Sport (Outdoor), or other vocationally relevant qualifications.  Industry related experience and additional qualifications can also be considered i.e. Duke of Edinburgh Gold or NGB qualifications.

  • What does the course involve?

    The course aims to provide individuals with the skills and experience to gain NGB qualifications, develop the knowledge and skills to lead outdoor activities to a range of clientele and to develop the required fitness and professionalism that will enhance any chosen career path. Individuals will also gain a diverse range of subject specific knowledge from experienced teachers and coaches.

    Units include: Physical activity, lifestyle & health, The Sport Landscape, Risk assessment in the outdoors, Outdoor learning, Technology in sport, Expedition leadership, Outdoor leadership and Advanced coaching.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Individuals will be taught through a variety of teaching methods including practical activities, guest speakers, visits to outdoor education centres, traditional lectures and a research project. Assignment tasks include written reports, presentations, practical observations and peer coaching/leading.

  • How much does it cost?

    The course cost is £6,500 per year. Students can qualify for student loans as full time learners. There may be additional costs for trips abroad i.e. skiing, the Ardeche and expeditions.

  • Additional Notes

    Additional qualifications

    There will be the opportunity to access external National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications including: REC first aid, Mountain Bike Leader or UKCC Level 1 Canoe/Kayak award and Mountain Leader summer training.

    The course is designed to deliver a wide range of outdoor sports with the specific goal of gaining NGB qualifications. All modules combine theory into practice using the experience of partaking in outdoor activities. The practical programme will be designed to develop advanced skills in activities alongside developing coaching and leadership abilities. Practical sessions include mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, first aid scenarios, climbing skills and mountain leadership. During the two-year course students will also have to opportunity to plan and lead expeditions in the UK and abroad. This in turn will develop students understanding of the outdoor industry and the pathways they can take.

Jacob Blackburn

Jacob Blackburn

Level 3 ACTIVE IQ Certificate in Personal Training
Previous Institution: Mary Webb School

I left school and did the Diploma, then returned to do the Level 2 Personal Training course which gave me the expertise to be a fitness instructor, as well as specialist skills from modules in spinning, circuits, kettlebells and exercise to music. While I was doing the course I started working in local gyms and decided to progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, which is a distance learning course and allowed me to fit my studies around my work.

Emily Cann

Emily Cann

Level 3 Sports
Previous school: Overseas school

I wanted to do a sports focused course, but still look at a wide variety of sports – which is what you get at SCG, and I prefer continuous assessment rather than exams. The tutors are also really down to earth. I am part of the College Netball team and it is a great mix of students from all three campuses. I am going to Gloucester University to study Sports Therapy.

Sally Tonge

Sally Tonge

Level 2 ACTIVE IQ Certificate in Personal Training

The part-time courses at Shrewsbury Colleges Group were perfect for me as they fit in around my career and social life. It was a very different experience coming back into education as an older learner, but the staff and fellow students made me feel welcome. The classes taught me exactly what I needed and I felt encouraged to take on the other fitness courses.

Sam Skinner

Sam Skinner

Level 3 Outdoor Activities
Previous school: Burton Borough School

The amount of activity days we get to go on throughout the year is amazing. It is a sporty and energetic course, but with so many amazing activities other than generic sports. It is great that we get to fundraise for a charity and even better that this year’s relates to someone on our course. Everyone works really hard on the course and the teachers are supportive – it’s great to be around like-minded people.

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Career Options

  • Sports coaches, instructors and officials

    Up to £29,000

  • Leisure and sports managers

    Up to £35,000


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