Outdoor Education Training Courses at Northumberland College, North East, UK

Outdoor Adventure Academy

The Outdoor Adventure Academy provides an exciting and active experience. The Academy provides people with an amazing experience that will leave you with lots of memorable moments. The Academy is set within the stunning location of Kirkley Hall and includes an Outdoor activity centre where you can climb over the high ropes course, slide down the zip wire, hang tough on the indoor climbing wall, challenge yourself to the assault course. Or you could be Kayaking or surfing at the sailing base at Blyth.

The Academy will enhance the prospects of anyone who has an interest in the outdoors and activities such as walking, trekking, climbing or kayaking.   It can also help to develop teams through activity leadership and develop practical skills within a safe learning environment. It could also be your starting point for a number of residential experiences all over the UK and further afield such as the 4167 metres climb to the summit of Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  This could be one of the best opportunities that you have to train and develop as an activity leader in the adventure education industry where there are many job opportunities and a fulfilling career awaits

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Our Outdoor Adventure Academy provides quality training and outdoor education for people looking for a career with adventure.


The Kirkley Hall Outdoor Activity Centre forms part of our Outdoor Adventure Academy and we take full advantage of our on-site climbing and abseiling tower, high-ropes course, zip-wire, archery, bush-craft facilities, assault course, gym and indoor climbing wall.

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.

We have courses for all levels of experience and ability.

If you are looking for a career in a growing industry and have a sense of adventure, please contact us for more details.

Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students.

Combine this with our team of experienced and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future could be yours.


Foundation Year

The foundation year is a programme that is suitable 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.

Intermediate Year

The intermediate year is a programme that is suitable for candidates who have either completed our foundation year, or have a good level of personal experience in the listed activities. The programme builds on existing skills, knowledge and experience.

This year there will be an emphasis on instructing, leadership and coaching. There are options to gain a range of national governing body awards (for those who have the necessary pre-requisites).

Advanced Year

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


Course Fees and Funding

16 - 19 year old students currently have their course fees waived and 19+ loans can be used for all of the programmes listed above. Programmes run from September to June. Residential accommodation is available within the grounds of Kirkley Hall.




NCFE Level 1 Personal Development in the Outdoor Industry

Gateway Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Sport & Active Leisure

SLUK Level2 Basic Expedition Assistant Leader, British Canoeing 1 & 2 star awards, ITC Outdoor First Aid certificate


Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Activities)

British Canoeing 3 star White Water kayak award, Foundation Safety & Rescue Training, Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Basic Expedition Leadership award, In-house instructor training and assessment on high-ropes and zip-wire.


1st 4 Sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Outdoor Programmes

MTA Climbing Wall Award (CWA) Training & Assessment

MTA Single Pitch Award (SPA) Training & Assessment

MTA Summer Mountain Leader (ML) Training


Contact us for more details:

Tel: 01670 841235




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