Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Activities
|Mode of study||Vocational Full-time|
|Campus||London Road Campus|
|Start date||6 September 2022|
|Course code||FLR3ODE (2224)|
Who is it for?
The outdoor and adventure industries are expanding rapidly, particularly recently and following lockdown. There has been growth in outdoor pursuits and the use of outdoor leaders and centres, increasing the demand for employment in this exciting sector. Government recognition and investment is set to fuel even further growth and opportunity.
These courses are for you if you are keen on being challenged in the outdoors in varied environments, want a job based on customer contact and adventure, are possibly interested in working in the leisure or outdoor adventure industries and other related areas like physical education teaching, the Armed Forces (e.g. PTI) or outdoor fitness. You can pursue higher education and career training through to the next level at Foundation Degree or Degree level. Over 50% of students chose to do this with us on or new HND Outdoor programme or at university.
Sports and leisure centres apart, there is a growing number of activity centres in the outdoor adventure sector, within Shropshire and nearby North Wales, where successful students can obtain employment and further training.
The courses are equivalent to 3 A Levels and are suitable if you have done well at school in sport and have a keen interest in the outdoor sector. You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 in appropriate subjects including Maths and English. A First Diploma, normally at Merit or Distinction level, is also an acceptable entry qualification.
What does the course involve?
The National Extended Diploma is a 180 credit (3 A Level equivalent, up to a maximum of 420 UCAS points) course completed within two years. Unit content includes a wide range of land based and water based outdoor activities, some theory sessions and a number of practical fitness units, plus anatomy and physiology and assessing risk.
The Outdoor Adventure course has a high practical content, with at least one day per week dedicated to outdoor sports. These include: kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountaineering, gorge walking and mountain biking.
During your two year course you will also take part in an expedition to North Wales or the Lake District. Students also have the opportunity to go on a residential to a venue in Europe (e.g. the Ardeche or Slovenia).
Please note that this course cannot be taken alongside an A Level.
How is the course assessed?
Each course is vocational in nature and is assessed through both written (academic) and practical (vocational) assignments. Knowledge and understanding and the application of work-related skills, are continually assessed. BTEC assignments are set and marked internally and moderated externally.
These Level 3 courses require you to respond to the challenging physical and mental demands of stimulating and rewarding areas of work. You should be prepared to be flexible and adaptable to different environments and conditions and capable of managing your time productively and effectively throughout their course. All students are expected to co-operate with staff and display a positive and mature approach to their learning.
This approach should be maintained whether in the classroom or in the sports facilities or off-site undertaking visits, outdoor activities and residentials. You will be expected to attend all sessions punctually, participate fully in all activities and complete on time all elements of the programme, including any additional qualification and functional skills where required. Coursework and assignments are based upon the premise that students attend fully. Less than full attendance may result in an inability to complete coursework and/or assignments to a satisfactory or even PASS level. Full attendance and meaningful participation in all practical sessions is also essential. This includes wearing the appropriate kit and equipment. You must be prepared to supply all of your personal sports clothing and equipment.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email: email@example.com
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.
Level 3 Football & Education Extended Diploma in Sport
Previous Institution: Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury
I loved all the practical fitness in the first year of the course and it is so interesting to learn about anatomy and physiology. The tutors and facilities are great with good, professional coaching.
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.
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