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Outdoor Activity Leadership

NVQ 3 Diploma in Outdoor Programmes

Kirkley Hall Campus
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FIRST NVQ Diploma in Outdoor Programmes (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

The advanced year represents a programme that is suitable for candidates who have either completed our intermediate year or who have extensive experience of the listed activities (including group work). The programme focusses on your development through the National Governing Body Award schemes listed below. Working alongside our instructor team you will assist in the facilitation of activities for the foundation and intermediate year groups. You will also organise and attend activity residential weeks in areas such as the Lake District, North Wales and the West Highlands of Scotland

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, or a relevant level 2 qualification. In addition to these, you must have accredited personal experience (including group work) which is relevant to the course. It may be possible to access this course on completion of the year one outdoor education and training program if the candidate has relevant experience and an appropriate level of competency.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old to undertake this qualification

What will I study on the course?

A Number of units are covered and assessed in a working environment.

Core units include:

Contribute to improving personal and organisational performance

Organise people and resources for outdoor programmes

Ensure the health, safety, welfare and security of customers and staff

Promote the conservation of the environment

Establish and maintain effective working relationships in the outdoors

Additional units include:

Design outdoor recreation programmes

Facilitate recreation in the outdoors

Supervise residential experiences

Facilitate adventurous experiences

The NVQ 3 involves a work placement within the outdoor industry and if completed as part of an apprenticeship, will require the candidate to work a 5 day week. Time is allocated within those 5 days for the candidate to complete all course related work. Some candidates may have study, training and tutorial time at our Kirkley Hall campus built into their programme. Candidates can choose to do this qualification without doing it as part of an apprenticeship and a tailored and flexible programme can be offered. This would typically involve a candidate completing work experience and work-based assessment through our Kirkley Hall Outdoor Activity Centre, or through the candidates existing employer. Please speak to OE staff about this for more information. This is a one year course which is often run as part of an 18 month apprenticeship

The course is primarily practical skills based and so is mainly assessed in that way, including assessor observations in the workplace. Proof of underpinning knowledge is tested by oral or written assessment.

The candidate is required to produce a portfolio of evidence at the end of the course.

The NVQ programme can offer excellent opportunities to gain the necessary pre-requisite skills, experience and teaching hours needed for a range of National Governing Body awards, e.g. Mountain Leader Training (MLT), Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Instructor, Sports Leader UK Lowland Walk Leader Award and MLT Summer Mountain Leader Award, and the opportunity to gain British Canoeing Canoe/kayak Coach and leadership Awards. For candidates that do not already hold a First Aid qualification, ITC Outdoor First Aid certificate are offered. Candidates will also have the opportunity to be trained and assessed as High Ropes and Zip-Wire Instructors at our Kirkley Hall Outdoor Activity Centre.

Some students also consider combining this qualification with a teacher training qualification at Northumberland College, e.g. first year of the Certificate in Education

FIRST NVQ Diploma in Outdoor Programmes (QCF) Level 3

The course offers an excellent foundation and springboard for those wishing to work at a good level in the outdoor industry and many of our students move straight into employment on completion of this course.

A Foundation Degree in Outdoor Education or Sport Science or a teaching qualification, e.g. Certificate in Education could be considered. A NVQ level 4 in management in the outdoor industry may also be a consideration.

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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