Hartpury College

Level 3 Extended Diploma Outdoor Adventure

Course Overview

If you have a passion for the outdoors and want to work in sport and outdoor adventure, then this course can help open the door to your dream career, with 100% of Outdoor Adventure students going on to further study or employment after completing their course.

What you'll learn

You will study and develop practical skills in a variety of outdoor sports and learn about leading outdoor and adventure activities and gaining expedition experience, assessing risk, environmental education, leadership and anatomy and physiology.

You will also have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications during your course. These include National Governing Body awards from the Royal Yachting Association, British Canoe Union, National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme and National Navigation Awards.

Extra-curricular trips include a visit to the Outdoor Show, a snowsports trip and windsurfing and sailing at coastal locations. We also use our strong links with local schools to enable you to deliver a range of outdoor activities to children and young people. Students in year two of the Level 3 programme also have the opportunity to undertake a paid work placement with an outdoor adventure company in the UK or Europe.


Why study Outdoor Adventure at Hartpury

Our team of staff have a wide range of experience in the industry as instructors, coaches, lecturers and outdoor practitioners. Our knowledge, experience and passion for the outdoors will help you develop your skills and explore your career options.

Hartpury is in a central location, ideally situated to take advantage of the Forest of Dean, Malvern Hills and the River Wye and Severn for a range of outdoor activities. We work with businesses locally and regionally to give you a raft of practical experience to boost your skills and your CV.

Take a look at this video of our Outdoor Adventure students re-building mountain biking trails at Pedalabikeaway in the Forester of Dean.


Our Outdoor Adventure students also have access to our exceptional facilities on site such as the cardio gym, power gym and the performance analysis suite, with the bonus of our 360-hectare estate as an outdoor classroom.

Dream careers  start here

Our Outdoor Adventure students go on to a wide range of exciting careers in the UK and all over the world, as well as to pursue further study at leading universities. These have included:

  • Ski/ Snowboard instructor
  • Watersports instructor on Richard Branson's Necker Island
  • Business owner
  • Yacht Crewing
  • Retail management
  • Teaching


  • Adventure Tourism Management degree at University College Birmingham
  • Adventure Education degree at the University of Chichester
  • Sports Science degree at the University of Cardiff
  • Surf Science and Technology degree at the University of Plymouth
  • Outdoor Adventure and Media degree at the University of Cumbria

Take a look here for more of a flavour of what our graduates have gone on to and for more detail on our courses!

Hear it from our students

Take a look at this video from one of our Outdoor Adventure students showing his highlights from the course.

Tom Handley, Level 3 Diploma Outdoor Adventure | "The campus and the location of Hartpury is great for outdoor adventure. The support and opportunities I’ve received have helped me get a job in the industry."

Matt Price, Safety Kayaker, Nepal| "You’ll learn skills which lots of people in the world don’t get a chance to learn. You get to teach these skills to people and give them a life-changing experience."

Emma Leslie, Snow Ranger, The French Alps (Les Arcs)| "The course is ideal for those that have a keen interest in outdoor sports and wish to enhance their skills. It is also a fantastic opportunity for those who wish to experience something totally new. If you want to travel then this course can give you the tools to go wherever you want. Just be prepared to work in all weather conditions!"

Jake Biggs, Outdoor Instructor, Australia | "If you are looking for a pathway into the outdoor world then there is no better place to start than Hartpury. With great access to the lakes and the Forest of Dean, the College could not be better located."

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English Language and Mathematics.


There is an additional charge of £200 to pay for National Governing Body registrations, log books and certificates. Any unused monies will be refunded after completion of the course.

Due to the practical and physical nature of this course you are strongly encouraged to consider whether it is right for you.

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In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Students under 19 on 31 August 2016 are free (full time courses only). Examination fees for main qualifications are also free.

Students aged 19 to 23 may need to pay tuition fees.  We may be able to waive your fees if you are unemployed and receiving Jobseekers Allowance, studying your first full level 2 qualification or level 3 qualification.

Students aged 24 and over.  You may need to pay for your course.

Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all students and covers the cost of outside visits, special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results.

How to apply

Please download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

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