Course overview

Outdoor Sport Extended Diploma City of Bristol College

The Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course with a Diploma awarded after completion of the first year.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the outdoor adventure and education industry.

We can help you develop the personal qualities and attributes you need to work in the sector, or to progress onto higher-level learning in a related field.

Additional information

Who is it for?

This course is for young people aged 16-18 and adults aged 19 and over.

If you are interested in adventure sports, and you want a career where you can be physically active outdoors, this course could help you to achieve your ambition.

You might be looking to start your career, develop within an existing role by acquiring new knowledge and expertise, or you could be looking to change your career by entering a new and exciting industry.

What you'll learn

You will learn about various activities that are included in outdoor adventure and education. This might include, for example, caving, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing, mountaineering, biking, expedition, coasteering, survival skills and high ropes.

You will participate in challenging activities designed to keep you mentally and physically fit and to improve your personal and leadership skills, including outdoor expeditions and sports.

You will learn about the principles and practices employed in the industry and the equipment and facilities used. You will learn about anatomy and physiology and how to plan and deliver effective fitness and training activities and programmes.

You may have the opportunity to further develop your personal skills and attributes by taking additional National Governing Body qualifications. If you have not yet gained a Grade 4 (C) in GCSE Maths, you will study these subjects alongside your course, either as Functional Skills qualifications or GCSE resits, if you already have a Grade 3 (D).

Entry requirements

To join this course, you need either four GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including English, and a Grade 3 (D) or above in GCSE Maths, or a Level 2 Outdoor Pursuits qualification at Merit grade and GCSEs in English and Maths.

You will also need an excellent record of attendance, punctuality and health; a basic standard of fitness and evidence that you are willing to improve; and evidence of your interest and participation in outdoor activities, for example through the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, the Ten Tors Challenge, youth club or cadet activities, or membership of an activity or sports club.

To join the second year of this course and gain the full Extended Diploma, you must successfully complete the Diploma in year one.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This is a physically active and demanding course.

You will be taught by highly qualified teachers and professional activity instructors and you will also learn from a variety of guest speakers.

Your learning will be split between the classroom and a range of outdoor pursuits venues and sports facilities, where you will participate in a wide range of sports and outdoor activities and deliver and teach basic outdoors sessions. You will also get the opportunity to put your learning into practice through work experience in the outdoor pursuits industry.

There are no formal exams. You will be assessed continually over the two years through a mix of coursework, written reports, practical assignments and observations and performance assessments. You will also be required to assess your own skills and abilities.

If you study English and Maths, these subjects will be assessed through tests and exams.

Future career and study opportunities

You will have a variety of options available to you when you complete this course.

If you successfully complete the Diploma in year one, you can progress to the Extended Diploma in year two – this could enable you to progress to a university-level course if you wish, for example in Adventure Leadership, Outdoor Education, or Sports.

You could seek employment after completing the Diploma or the Extended Diploma, for example with an outdoors activity or education centre or in the public services, for example the Fire and Rescue Service or the military services.

Additional costs

You will need to pay additional fees at the start of year one and at the start of year two.

This will contribute to the cost of accommodation and food for residential trips, camping and expeditions, as well as costs of activities, licences, equipment hire and transport.

If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

Find out more about how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19.

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Fees and applications

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Outdoor Sport Extended Diploma Ashley Down Centre
Course Code
07/09/2020 - 24/06/2022
2 years
Mon, Thurs & Fri
Hours per week
Start Time
Ashley Down Centre
This course costs £7395. If you are aged 16-18 and looking to study full time; you will not pay any tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
LBF1823C01-1 07/09/2020 - 24/06/2022 2 years Mon, Thurs & Fri 11.00 Enquire Ashley Down Centre
This course costs £7395. If you are aged 16-18 and looking to study full time; you will not pay any tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.