Activity Leadership Outdoors - Advanced Apprenticeship
Faculty of Sport, Leisure and Tourism
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Sport, Leisure and Tourism Level 2 Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre up to 18 months

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This Intermediate Apprenticeship has been designed for those who want to gain a broad, but solid foundation to allow them to follow a career in the vibrant, exciting and expanding outdoor adventure sector. An Apprentice would usually be working within an adventure activity centre and will learn how to lead and instruct groups in activities which might include kayaking, canoeing, climbing, coasteering, archery, bush craft, mountain biking, sailing and mountaineering.


You will be required to maintain and complete a professional development portfolio in order to complete the apprenticeship. You will be provided with support from a college assessor/tutor, your employer and pending on your centre work allocation and location you can access college based portfolio support and skills training at Exeter College or Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre.

What topics will I study?

Various subjects related to activity leadership e.g. Health and Safety, Session Planning, Safeguarding.

  • Plan, lead and conclude activity sessions
  • Health and Safety - Outdoor Activities
  • Safeguarding / Equality and diversity
  • Other topics specific to employment location, including but not limited to:
    • Setting up, maintaining and taking down of equipment
    • Residential settings
    • Enabling disabled people to take part in activities
    • Contribute to adventurous activities
    • Customer Care
    • Environmental Awareness for Outdoor Adventure

You will receive technical skills training depending on your employers activity provision in Kayaking, Canoeing, Problem Solving, Orienteering, Mountain biking, Sailing, Caving, Mountain Leadership and Archery this will be jointly provided by your employer and the college.

What experiences will I get?

You will benefit from links with companies across Devon and gain invaluable skills within industry.

What are the entry requirements?

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and Maths. However, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.

You need to be employed and have a keen interest in outdoor adventurous activities and working in the outdoors with children, teenagers and adults in all types of outdoor environments and weather conditions etc.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to the facilities at Haven Banks Outdoor Education for college based NVQ knowledge and technical skills development delivery sessions.

What can the course lead on to?

Apprentices will be working towards achievement of the following:

  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership
  • Level 2 Certificate in Assisting Basic Expedition Leadership
  • Level 2 Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths (where applicable)

You will receive training and have access to additional activity and leadership qualifications (specific to your individual ability):

  • UKCC (BCU) Level 1 Paddlesports Coach
  • MIAS Mountain Bike Leaders Award Level 1
  • First Aid in the Outdoors
  • MLTE Climbing Wall Award Training
  • British Orienteering Leaders Award
  • Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • BCU Foundation and safety and rescue training course

Other qualifications are available depending on experience, location and employer needs.

As this course launches you directly into work this is an exceptionally good way of building your career and progressing into further training and employment.

Are there any additional costs?

None specified.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

This can vary depending on the age of the Apprentice and the size of an organisation. Please contact a Training and Recruitment Advisor on 01392 400800 for more information.


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