Level 3 Foundation Diploma Sport Outdoor Activities

Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Outdoor Activities


Explore the principles and practices of outdoor adventure through classroom sessions and practical activities on land and water. These practical days will give you the chance to work towards National Governing Body awards. You’ll have access to outdoor adventure centres in the local area – applying your classroom learning in real-life settings – and you'll complete a period of work experience, with the opportunity to work with outdoor providers in the UK.

Key Information

Course Duration: Two years
Part or Full Time: Full Time
Level of Study: Diplomas

Course Overview

As a Hartpury student, you’ll develop the technical skills and experience to run a range of outdoor adventure activities with different age groups. We’ll support you to get out of your comfort zone and develop key skills in leadership, problem solving, and using your initiative, as well as how to work well in a team.

One of the most popular elements of our Outdoor Adventure BTEC diplomas is the sheer amount of time our students spend developing their practical skills. You could be sailing one week and climbing the next, thanks to our excellent partnerships with the adventure centres on our doorstep. Our students become the confident, multi-skilled young people driving the outdoor adventure industry forward.

We’re ideally situated for you to make the most of the great outdoors. With the Forest of Dean, Malvern Hills, Brecon Beacons, and the River Wye on our doorstep, you’ll be perfectly placed to apply your learning with practical activities on the land and water. If you’re passionate about outdoor adventure, our qualifications are your first step towards your dream job in this action-packed industry.

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics and English Language.

You will develop practical skills in a range of outdoor activities including water based sports and land based sports such as:

  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Hill-walking

Your course will include units such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Programmes
  • Leading Sports Activities
  • Sports Injuries

You will have opportunities to undertake National Governing Body awards and industry-recognised qualifications to complement your CV.

Alongside your classroom sessions, you’ll complete one week of work experience in your first year and 12 weeks in your second year. This will underpin everything you learn during your BTEC diploma and include the opportunity to complete National Governing Body awards and industry-recognised qualifications. Hear from a range of outdoor adventure providers as you decide which area you’d like to explore further – you might even discover a new career path you hadn’t considered before.

Career and education opportunities

Our students have gone on to complete degrees in outdoor adventure, leadership, sports science, business, and management at a range of universities. This could lead to a career as a:

  • Paddlesport Instructor
  • Watersports Instructor
  • Climbing Instructor
  • Sailing Instructor
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Coach
  • Ski Instructor


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99.4% pass-rate

With a BTEC pass rate of 99.4%, our outcomes for students are exceptional.

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Josh Telling
“I learnt so much about the outdoor industry at Hartpury, not just the practical side but also about customer service and safety. It was fantastic being able to get out twice a week to do activities and not just be based in a classroom.”
Josh Telling
Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Outdoor Activities


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