Level 3 Diplomas in

Adventure Sports

Leading to an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma

Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Adventure Sports. For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

This action-packed training programme will put you on the right track for a career in the fast growing outdoor adventure industry.

You will develop your understanding of sports coaching, leadership and organising sporting events, as well as gain practical skills in key outdoor activities.

There’s also the opportunity to study industry-recognised qualifications in addition to the course, to help you stand out when it comes to job hunting.

Extended

What will I study?

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology (1/2 unit)
  • The physiology of fitness (1/2 unit)
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Leadership in sport
  • Principles and practices in outdoor adventure
  • Equipment and facilities for outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Sports coaching
  • Physical education and the care of young people
  • Sport as a business
  • Work experience in sport
  • Impact and sustainability in outdoor adventure
  • Research investigation
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Leading land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Leading water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Length of the course

  • 2 years, full-time

Entry requirements

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Science or PE
  • Level 2 Diploma in Adventure Sport at Merit or equivalent Level 2 Diploma
  • A genuine interest and experience in adventurous activities

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Teaching
  • Work at outdoor activity centres
  • Work for equipment manufacturers and retailers
  • Leisure or holiday company work in Britain or abroad
  • The public and uniformed services
  • Sport industry
  • Adventure tourism industry
Diploma

What will I study?

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology (1/2 unit)
  • The physiology of fitness (1/2 unit)
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Leadership in sport
  • Principles and practices in outdoor adventure
  • Equipment and facilities for outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Work experience in sport
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Leading land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Leading water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Outdoor and adventurous expeditions
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Optional research investigation
  • NCFE level 2 certificate in outdoor activity leadership (completed in the second year of the course)
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Length of the course

  • 2 years, full-time

Entry requirements

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above preferably including English, Maths and Science, or
  • Level 2 Diploma in Adventure Sports at Merit or equivalent Level 2 Diploma
  • A genuine interest and experience in adventurous activities

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Teaching
  • Work at outdoor activity centres
  • Work for equipment manufacturers and retailers
  • Leisure or holiday company work in Britain or abroad
  • The public and uniformed services
  • Sport industry
  • Adventure tourism industry
Subsidiary

What will I study?

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology (1/2 unit)
  • The physiology of fitness (1/2 unit)
  • Assessing risk in sport
  • Principles and practices in outdoor adventure
  • Work experience in sport
  • Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

*You will study 6 units from the list above for the Subsidiary Diploma option

Length of the course

  • 1 year, full-time

Entry requirements

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, Maths, Science or PE
  • Level 2 Diploma in Adventure Sports at Merit or equivalent Level 2 Diploma
  • A genuine interest and experience in adventurous activities

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Teaching
  • Work at outdoor activity centres
  • Work for equipment manufacturers and retailers
  • Leisure or holiday company work in Britain or abroad
  • The public and uniformed services
  • Sport industry
  • Adventure tourism industry
Additional qualifications

NGB Qualification that you can access during your course:

  • Hill or Mountain skills*
  • Training and assessment for the Lowland Leader award*
  • Training and assessment for the Climbing Wall award*
  • ITC outdoor first aid course (16 hours)
  • Training and assessment for the British Canoe Union 2 star award*
  • The British Canoe Union Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)*
  • Training and assessment for the British Canoe Union 3 star award*
  • Training and assessment for the Royal Yachting Association level 1 and 2 dinghy sailing awards*
  • Training and assessment for the Royal Yachting Association level 1 and 2 power boat awards*
  • Training and assessment for the single pitch award*

* Additional costs for certification and registration with the relevant awarding body subject to meeting entry requirements 

There are also other qualifications that may be available at an extra cost:

  • Orienteering
  • Level 2 Bushcraft course
  • Archery Instructor award
  • British Canoe Union (UKCC) level 1 coach award
  • British Canoe Union (UKCC) level 2 coach award (training)
  • Royal Yachting Association Dinghy instructor
  • Mountain Leader award (Summer) training and assessment
  • British Cycling Level 1 Coach award
  • British Cycling Level 1 Leader award
Residential visits

There are a range of residential visits, some that are part of the course and some that are available as an extra:

  • Conway Centre
  • Mountain residentials
  • Expeditions
  • Rona Trust – sail training voyage
  • Winter skills
  • Ski/snowboard trip
Duke of Edinburgh

We are now offering the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award across college to all students.  So if you are between the ages of 16-25 you can sign up to Duke of Edinburgh here at Reaseheath.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Paige Milward

Ambition: Outdoor activities manager

School: Moorlands Sixth Form, Cheadle

Age: 19

An international standard competitive cyclist, snowboarder and all round adrenaline junkie, Paige came to us because she wanted a ‘challenging’ course which would give her recognised qualifications.

During her course she tried diff erent activities such as kayaking, took part in expeditions and gained valuable experience during a work placement at an outdoor education centre.

She now works in Austria as a holiday advisor for Thomson Lakes and Mountains.

Paige says: “My Reaseheath qualification has opened doors to so many possibilities. Part of my job is to guide visitors in the mountains so an ability to navigate well is essential.”