Outdoor Adventure and Pursuits - 90 credit / Extended Diploma





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About the course

If you are interested in studying outdoor adventure and education, this course is for you. It will help you to develop your personal qualities and attributes. It can be used as a progression route to employment in the outdoor industry, higher education, public service employment or as an additional qualification to other Level 3 courses.

The course is designed to run over two years however you need to achieve the 90C Diploma by the end of  year 1 to enable you to progress to year 2 and study the Extended Diploma.


  • Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.
  • If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement.
  • If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees.

Entry Requirements

The essential requirements depend upon your age, your education and qualifications, references and your background and interests. These are laid out below

  • Five GCSEs at grade c or above to include  English and Maths
  • Excellent records of attendance, punctuality and health
  • Evidence of interest and participation in outdoor activities at a entry level
  • Basic standard of fitness and evidence of willingness to improve

You will need to show some interest or evidence to support your application

  • Duke of Edinburgh, Ten Tors, Youth Club, CCF, ACT, Activity Club membership or participation
  • Interest in developing personal skills and attributes through undertaking National Governing Body Awards

You will be enrolled on the 90 Credit Diploma, which is a one year course. Upon successful completion of year one, you can progress onto the Extended Diploma in year two.

What will I do on this course?

You will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Skills for Land Based Activities
  • Skills for Water Based Activities
  • Principles and Practices in Outdoor Adventure
  • Equipment and Facilities in Sport
  • Fitness, Training and Programming
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions

Upon successful completion of the first year, you will be able to progress onto the second year in order to complete your Extended Diploma. We will also make sure that you have the maths, IT and English skills that employers need.

Who is it for?
  • Post 18 learners looking for a career change or progression development into a exciting and challenging new sector
  • For those who enjoy working outdoors in all sorts of weather and conditions, in a variety of environments.
  • School leavers post 16 looking for a practical and challenging post school course
  • AS + A level students looking to develop or extend their portfolio of qualifications with a practically lead course
How to apply



How Is this course assessed?

The assessment process is continual over the two years. There are no formal exams for the Extended Diploma but the course will include an ongoing assessment. It will also include writing reports, tables, charts, leaflets. You will deliver and teach basic outdoor sessions. You will also be required to assess their own skills, abilities and complete performance assessments, as well as assessed practical activities such as climbing, caving, expeditions, water activities.

What could I do next?

The course gives you a variety of progression routes for learners of all ages and qualifications

  • On successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma, you may wish to complete the Extended Diploma year
  • Preparation for Entry Tests for Public Services
  • Access to Outdoor Industry for those undertaking a career change or mature learners
  • Access to Higher Education in Outdoor Education, Leadership, Sport, Environmental Subjects and similar
  • Additional qualifications for AS1 or a level students undertaking gap years
  • Entry level employment in the Outdoor Industry
Additional cost

There is a non refundable fee of £400 to be paid at Year 1 enrolment and in Year 2 a fee of £150. This will go towards the costs of College. In addition there will be: Course Residentials 2/3 per term camping, mt bothys etc £40 per year + food £10-£15 per trip; Activity Instructor Logbooks and Licences BCU, MLTE, BEL depending upon which awards are being pursued usually £50 per logbook; Personal Outdoor Kit, Mt Boots £60-100, Wetsuit Boots £20 -40, Rockboots £30 -50 & a Type 4 compass £30.


You will need an interview for this course.

Following our application, you will then be called for a group interview where the course expectations and details will be explained. There will be a one to one interview with your tutor. You will need to ensure that you also bring any certificates, qualifications and disclose any medical and learning support issues you have so that the College can explore organising support that maybe required.

Adult pathways

Adults are welcome to join this course



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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