Sport (Outdoor Adventure)
Faculty of Sport, Leisure and Tourism
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Sport, Leisure and Tourism Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma/Extended Diploma Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre 2 years

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

This course combines the practical and theoretical elements of the Outdoor Adventurous Activities Industry and is equivalent to three A Levels. It will prepare you for employment within the Outdoor Adventure Industry or to progress on to university to study the subject at a higher level. You could also progress on and study for a Foundation Degree in Applied Outdoor Adventure at Exeter College. In your first year you will study the 90-Credit Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

You will study at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre in Exeter, a state of the art £5.6million outdoor education centre. You will participate in a wide range of adventure activities, such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, climbing, moutain biking and team building. You will also cover the theory of fitness, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and practice the leadership, coaching and training associated with participating in outdoor activities. Lectures will be both theoretical and practical. Assessment is through coursework and practical observation which will be set by your lecturers.

What topics will I study?

The course consists of 19 units of study which is made up of a number of core and specialist units.

Core Units:
- Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
- The Physiology of Fitness
- Assessing Risk
- Fitness Training and Programming
- Leadership in Sport
- Principles and Practices in Outdoor Adventure
- Equipment and Facilities for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Specialist Units from the following:
- Work Experience
- Impact and Sustainability in Outdoor Adventure
- Skills for Land-based Outdoor Adventurous Activities
- Skills for Water-based Outdoor Adventurous Activities
- Leading Land-based Outdoor Adventurous Activities
- Leading Water-based Outdoor Adventurous Activities
- Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
- Alternative Pursuits for Outdoor Adventure
- Sports Facilities and Operational Management
- Sports Coaching
- Sports Nutrition
- Environmental Education for Outdoor Adventure
- Organising an Event

What experiences will I get?

You will take part in a work placement within the Outdoor Adventurous Activities Industry. There will also be the opportunity to participate in residential and day visits.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English language.
Standard entry requirements: Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: A desire to participate and engage with a range of outdoor activities in a vareity of environments and weather conditions, and the personal qualities required to work in the Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Industry are essential.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses, although you will be expected to work towards an appropriate level 2 qualification in maths if you do not have grade 4 at GCSE in this subject.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to our fitness centre at Victoria House. There are refectories and learning centres in the Hele Building and at Victoria House.

What can the course lead on to?

On completion of this course you may wish to progress to an appropriate course at higher education at Exeter College Foundation Degree in Applied Outdoor Adventure or enter the outdoor activities industry directly, either as an apprentice or through employment.

Are there any additional costs?

  • Practical kit – approximately £120
  • Activities approximately £170
  • Expedition approximately £150

 National Governing Body (NGB) training and awards will be available at additional costs.

What do our students think?

Climbing, orienteering and mountain biking have been great fun, and the caving sessions are a real experience and something a really enjoyed. As a student who wants to work in the outdoor industry it has been interesting learning the environmental impacts of the sports as well as topics such as anatomy and physiology. I have been taught by a huge range of different sporting instructors and teachers who are extremely positive and interested in the topics and I have enjoyed every minute."

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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