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Sport & Outdoor Activities

Sport & Outdoor Activities

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3ODE (2022)
  • Who is it for?

    The Sport & Leisure and Outdoor industries are still some of the most buoyant employment areas in the UK. There has been a steady growth in activity/fitness/sports/leisure and outdoor centres throughout the country and indeed, Shropshire. The recent Olympics, together with Government investments in sport, countryside and the environment, will provide further growth and employment opportunities for the foreseeable future.

    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 Sports & Leisure or Outdoor Adventure industries and other related areas like physical education teaching, the Armed Forces (eg PTI) or sport development and fitness instructing.

    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 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.

  • Entry Requirements

    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.

  • Additional Notes

    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:

Ebony Angell

Ebony Angell

Level 3 Adventurous Activities
Previous Institution: Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury

I've learnt many new skills on this course such as team building and team work, which I have put into practice with my peers when we have been mountain walking and the weather conditions have been bad.

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.

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.

Nathan Gregson

Nathan Gregson

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.

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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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