Level 3, Full Time

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This course is designed to meet the employment opportunities within the sport, leisure and outdoor industries. You will cover a range of skills and knowledge to develop your career in this industry or progression into Higher Education.

Course details

Areas of study may include

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  • Physiology of fitness
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Sports nutrition
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Principles and practice in outdoor adventure
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Equipment and facilities
  • Leadership in sport
  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Impact and sustainability
  • Leading land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Organising sports events
  • Work experience
  • The care of children and young people in sport
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Leading water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Environmental education for outdoor adventure
  • Alterative pursuits for outdoor
Students will take part in a variety of activities, examples of these are: high ropes courses, rock-climbing, raft building, kayaking / canoeing, gorge walking, navigation, mountain craft and leadership, caving, scrambling and camping. During the first year three expeditions will take place and a further four in the second year. These activities will cover a range of venues throughout different areas of the UK. There will also be the opportunity to achieve some 'additional qualifications' whilst on the programme, these include; basic Expedition Leadership Award, British Canoe Union Personal Star Tests, Canoe Safety Test and First Aid.

Entry guidelines
  • Priority will be given to students aged 16-18 yrs. Candidates must have one of the following:
  • BTEC First Diploma Qualification in sport or related area
  • Four GCSE passes at grades A* to C (grade 4 or above), preferably including English and Maths
  • Other related Level 2 qualifications
  • Manual dexterity and physical stamina - You will need the ability to carry out physically demanding practical work in a variety of weather conditions.

    Satisfactory interview, assessment, school report and/or satisfactory reference.

    If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

    Equipment Required

    All students will need to provide themselves with a good quality pair of walking boots, all other equipment can be provided, although students may prefer their own.

    Additional Information

    There will be a fee payable to contribute to the residential costs for overnight expeditions and visits, costs will be advised at interview. Outdoor education requires hard work and enthusiasm in at times what can be very adverse conditions. All prospective students should be willing to take part in all activities in a variety of weather conditions and ensure that their personal fitness is of a standard that allows them to operate safely during the practical sessions.
    Are you aged 16-18?
    Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

    • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
    • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
    • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C (grade 4 or above) in English and maths
    • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

    Where can I progress to?

    At the end of the course, you could progress to higher education or employment. Depending on your specialist units you could work in; the Fitness and Lifestyle Sector, Outdoor Activity Centres, Armed Forces or Public Services.

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    When does this course run?

    • Starts 07th Sep 2018 - Ends 26th Jun 2020 Ref K083K001

      If you are aged 16-18:

      This study programme will be FREE for most students who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, or students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

      If you are aged 19 or over:

      Fee : £4100.00

      Depending on your personal circumstances, this course could be FREE for you if you are aged 19-23 and you do not already have a level 3 qualification. Please see our Fees and Discounts leaflet for details, or call 0151 551 7777.

      If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

      The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).