After a year of AS levels I decided it was not the right route for me. From a young age I've always had a passion for outdoor adventurous activities, such as canoeing, skiing and high ropes and I love being outside. This Outdoor Adventure course seemed a great route for me to develop, learn new skills and provide a recognised career in something I love doing,which I could share with others.
I always knew I would like to go into teaching but initially assumed I would need to follow the A Level route to get to University. Whilst I never knew specifically what I wanted to teach, by doing this course I have discovered where my passion lies. Thanks to the course I have found a part-time job working at an activity centre, which has allowed me to put in to practice what I have learned in college. Whilst I leave college with the skills and qualification to go straight in to work, my grades mean that I have been offered a place at university and I intend to pursue this subject though to degree level. Who knows, one day I might be working back at City of Bristol College sharing my passion with future students or leading expeditions anywhere in the world.
The best bit
My favourite part of the course has got to be the amount of time we get to spend in the great outdoors. In the last two years we have been hiking up Snowdon, white water kayaking on the river Dart and experiencing a lunar eclipse on Dartmoor, just to mention a few of the many exciting experiences. This course not only teaches the syllabus - it also develops skills that are essential for careers in the outdoor industry and life in general.
My college tutors have been amazing - they are all so friendly and supportive and are clearly passionate about the course. They are always on hand to help whether you are struggling or just need a fresh prospective, be it with an assignment or indirect advice on outdoor qualifications. They have really helped me to get set for life after college, pushing me to achieve my full potential and get the best grades I can obtain, guiding me through the university applications process and giving tailored individual careers advice.
You will make friends for life! This is not a typical 9-5 course, sizes are small; in my year there are 10 students and you get to know everyone very well and learn to work as a team. You share tents on overnight camping trips and laugh off being cold, wet or tired on the minibus home. It does helps that you all share an interest in outdoor adventurous activities and I think that is why we have all got on so well. It has definitely been a fun two years and I'm going to miss this when I leave, but I look forward to catching up in the future.
The location of the college is ideal for us outdoor students with the Bristol Docks and Avon Gorge on the doorstep, Dartmoor and the Black Mountains a short drive away there is always an opportunity to be in the outdoors locally with college. The tutors have all the knowledge and experience and the college has all the specialist equipment you need to participate in a range of activities.
I looked at a variety of sports courses across the colleges in Bristol, but none of them offered a course that stood out to me as much as Outdoor Adventure did. And when I spoke to the tutors you could feel their passion for the course. This course exceeded my expectations, I don't think I could have enjoyed any course as much as I have enjoyed Outdoor Adventure.