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Diploma in Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education) Level 3

Kirkley Hall Campus
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EDEXCEL Diploma in Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education) (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
11 September

Who is the course for?

The Level 3 Diploma in Outdoor Education is for people interested in a career in the outdoor industry and in developing their existing outdoor activity leadership skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience. The program offers progression for students who have completed the first year programme in outdoor education and training or to individuals who already have the relevant level of experience provided by the first year programme.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You need a Level 2 qualification related to the outdoor industry, e.g. year 1 programme or appropriate experience of working within the outdoor industry (which includes instructing groups) and have 4 GCSEs at C or above (or equivalent level 2 qualification).

What will I study on the course?

The Level 3 Diploma in Outdoor Education will look to develop existing leadership and personal skills in kayaking, canoeing, mountaineering, high ropes, hill walking, team-building, orienteering, and rock climbing. Facilitation skills and teaching methods will be developed using external client groups through our Kirkley Hall Outdoor Activity Centre.

The following units are studied:

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Principles and Practices in Outdoor Adventure

Skills for Land-Based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Skills for Water-Based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions

Alternative Pursuits for Outdoor Adventure

Level 3 students are also trained and qualified as High Ropes and zip-wire Instructors at our Kirkley Hall Activity Centre. In addition, students will also complete the assessment expedition for the SLUK Level 3 Basic Expedition Leader (BEL) Award, work towards BCU 3 and 4 star awards and complete a BCU fundamentals workshop as part of the program. BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training is also covered and students will have the opportunity to gain the pre-requisites for a range of NGB's, e.g. MLT SPA, BCU L1 and L2 Coach, MLT ML(S).

This qualification may also be linked to, and completed in conjunction with, another L3 course, e.g. NCFE.

The course is run over 2 to 3 days per week, and is run as part of a full time - one year programme (September - July).

At least one full day a week is dedicated to outdoor adventurous activities.

In addition to the timetabled activities, there are a number of residential trips and expeditions through the year which include visits to the Scottish Highlands, Snowdonia and the Lake District. There are also opportunities for students to participate in expeditions abroad.

Assessment is on-going throughout the year with observation of practical skills (including facilitating sessions for client groups and organising, then completing multi-day expeditions) and marking of written assignments, projects and tests.

Assessed evidence is organised into a candidate portfolio, which is submitted at the end of the course.

In addition to the courses listed above, you may gain proficiency and Leadership awards for kayaking (BCU Star Awards). The BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training is also offered, if not already gained during year 1. In addition, there is the opportunity to progress onto other National Governing Body awards if you have the pre-requisite skills and experience, e.g. MLT CWA or SPA training and assessment courses in rock climbing, MLT Walking Group Leader Award and/or BCU UKCC Canoe/kayak Level 1 and 2 Coach training and assessment qualifications. Students who completed their SLUK Basic Expedition Leader training in the first year, will complete the SLUK BEL assessment as part of this course.

Most students combine this course with the L3 NCFE Diploma in Outdoor Learning and some students have combined this qualification in the past with a teacher training qualification at Northumberland College, e.g. first year of the Certificate in Education.

As mentioned previously, level 3 students are trained and assessed as High Ropes and zip-wire Instructors as part of this programme and many gain part time employment as an instructor at our commercial activity centre, based at Kirkley Hall.

EDEXCEL Diploma in Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education) (QCF) Level 3

The course offers an excellent foundation and springboard for those wishing to work in the outdoor industry and many of our students move straight into employment on completion of the second year programme. Employment options, opportunities and applications are looked at as part of the program.

Alternatively the level 3 qualification (which holds UCAS points) could be used to progress to a qualification in Higher Education, e.g. a foundation degree in outdoor education or sport science.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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