Learn, work and train within a professional Outdoor Centre

environment as part of your study programme. 


· You will take part in numerous Outdoor & Adventurous Activities alongside the academic elements of the programme. 

· You will be guided through your learner journey by highly qualified teachers and professional Outdoor Instructors & Coaches.

· You will gain experience and work towards National Governing Body (NGB) awards in Outdoor Education such as:


  • NICAS 1-4 (climbing)

  • 1-3 Star Awards in Kayaking & Canoeing

  • In depth Coach Training (multi discipline)

  • Surf Instructor

  • Archery GB

  • British Orienteering Federation leader

  • Expedition Experiences.

  • (there will be other opportunities to gain further experience outside of the course.)



This BTEC qualification has been developed to meet employment opportunities in the Outdoor Education and Adventure industry.  It gives learners the opportunity to enter employment, join an apprenticeship or progress to higher education (University). Employment within outdoor education, sports leadership, coaching and outdoor adventure instructing is a common pathway for students. 


You will learn through

practical sport experience and theoretical based learning. Groups are taught through classroom lectures, practical sport, group discussions and practical application of sport.  The course is assessed continuously through

assignments, exam & portfolio building to meet the specific Edexcel BTEC criteria.




Most units are assessed through assignments which are submitted via the

interactive learning platform. Work is submitted via written reports, posters, practical sports, demonstrations, group tasks, interviews, practical coaching, presentations and work experience.

Course Profile- 

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure) is 180 credits and has 1080 guided learning hours (GLH) across two years.  It consists of seven mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 180 credits

Units -  mandatory/optional  


YEAR 1 (90 credit Diploma)

Mandatory units – all seven mandatory units must be taken:


  • 1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport  5

  • 2 The Physiology of Fitness 5

  • 3 Assessing Risk in Sport  10

  • 4 Fitness Training and Programming  10

  • 13 Leadership in Sport 10

  • 29 Principles and Practices in Outdoor Adventure 10

  • 30 Equipment and Facilities for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 10

  • 5 Sports Coaching  10

  • 33 Skills for land based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 10

  • 34 Skills for water based Outdoor and Adventure Activities 10


YEAR 2 (Extended Diploma 180 credits)


  • 35 Leading land based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 10

  • 36 Leading water based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 10

  • 23 Organising a sports event 10

  • 26 Work Experience 10

  • 32 Environmental Education for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 10

  • 37 Outdoor and Adventure Expeditions 10

  • 31 Impact and Sustainability in Outdoor Adventure 10

  • 38 Alternative Pursuits for Outdoor Adventure 10

  • 14 Exercise Health and Lifestyle 10    

Adventure sunderland,

Marine Walk,


Tyne & Wear.

SR6 0PL.


4 GCSE’s grade C (level 4/5) or above including maths and English.   For those who do not achieve a C (or level 4/5) you may still be considered for this course on an individual basis or alternatively you may be suitable for the  Level 1/2 qualification.

To find out more information email - or call 0191 514 4721

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