Diploma in Skills for Sport and Active Leisure Level 2 | Kirkley Hall Campus | OAL0012F |Northumberland College
Outdoor Activity Leadership

Diploma in Skills for Sport and Active Leisure Level 2

Kirkley Hall Campus
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Gateway Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Sport and Active Leisure

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

The Level 2 course is for people with an interest in outdoor activities, but who have limited experience. This year you will develop personal skills, knowledge and experience in activities such as rock climbing, canoe and kayak, hillwalking, mountaineering, mountain biking and high-ropes.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

No formal qualifications are required however an interest in Outdoor activities is essential along with a can do attitude.

What will I study on the course?

Our courses offer a pathway into the outdoor adventure industry and focus on training students up to become qualified rock climbing instructors, kayak and canoe coaches, hill-walking and mountaineering leaders, expedition leaders, high-ropes and zip wire instructors, etc.

The Units covered by the qualification are;

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Practical Sport

Technical Skills and Tactical Awareness for Sport

Undertaking an Expedition

Planning and Running a Sports or Active Leisure Event

Sports Coaching

Working in Sport and Active Leisure

Skills for Team Workers

Basic First Aid Principles

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

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 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

Level 2 students will also complete the assessment expedition for the SLUK Level Assistant Lowland Expedition Leader (ALEL2) Award, work towards British Canoeing (BC) Personal performance awards and complete a BC fundamentals workshop as part of the program. BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training may also be covered and students will have the opportunity to gain the pre-requisites for a range of National Governing Bodies , e.g. Mountain Leader Training, Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Instructor and British Canoeing Coach or leadership awards

Gateway Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Sport and Active Leisure

The course offers an excellent foundation and springboard for those wishing to work in the outdoor industry and some of our students move into employment. However, most students progress onto our Intermediate second year programme. (See level 3 Course).

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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