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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities

100% internally assessed, this course is highly practical and progression focused, it allows for practical and professional skills development. Intended for post 16 learners who want to progress directly to employment or self-employment in the outdoor activities sector as an outdoor activities instructor.
Level 3

Course Overview

This course is a two year programme which is equivalent to three A-Levels.  In the first year of the programme you will complete a Foundation Diploma (1.5 A-Level equivalent) and will have the opportunity to exit at this stage.  Those progressing to year two will top-up to the extended diploma.  

The course will give you a wide range of skills and behaviours required for working in the sports industry. Learners will develop their leadership and instructing skills so that they can work independently as an outdoor pursuits instructor, ensuring safe and effective leadership for groups of people taking part in different outdoor activities.  This qualification includes a minimum of 20 hours’ work placement.  There is an attendance commitment requirement of 15 hours per week.


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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities (Year 1)





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Course Modules

Mandatory Units:

- Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry 

- Health, Wellbeing and Sport

- Personal Skills Development in Outdoor Activities

- Applied Leadership and Instructing in Outdoor Activity

- Research Project in Sport

- Health and Safety Factors in Outdoor Learning

- Outdoor Activity Provision

- Impacts and Sustainability of Outdoor Activities

- Expedition Experience  

Optional Units:

- Sport Development 

- Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

- Nutrition for Physical Performance

- Anatomy and Physiology in Sport 

- Sporting Injuries

- Fitness Training

- Influence of Technology in Sport and Physical Activity

- Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities

- Ethical and Current Issues in Sport

- Marketing Communications Sport and Leisure Facility Operations Sports Tourism

*The optional units for this course may vary from year to year.  Units may vary due to the availability of staff.

Ideal If:

You want to progress directly to employment or self-employment in the outdoor activities sector as an outdoor activities instructor. Additionally, the breadth of the optional content in the qualification allows learners to widen their progression opportunities. Learners may progress to a number of different higher-education courses or to work in the outdoor activities sector in associated roles, such as business support, sports development, tourism and events.

You'll Learn:

The underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to work in the Sport and Outdoor Activities sector. You will focus on exploring factors affecting the outdoor sector and how to maintain health and safety, including respect of the equipment and facilities required for participation in outdoor activities. You will develop and reflect on your personal skills and environmental responsibilities when delivering various outdoor activities.

You'll Love:

The variety of outdoor units which will put you in an outdoor classroom filled with adventure.

You'll Progress:

This qualification is aimed at learners looking to progress to employment as an Assistant Outdoor Activities Instructor. The IOL (Institute for Outdoor Learning) has confirmed endorsement that this qualification can lead to employment in this job role.  The qualification will attract UCAS Tariff points and is recognised by higher-education providers as contributing to entry requirements for many related courses. When combined with other qualifications, such as A Levels or another BTEC National Foundation Diploma, in a two-year, full-time study programme, learners can progress to higher education degree programmes, such as a BA Hons in Outdoor Adventure Leadership, a BSc Hons  in Outdoor Adventure and Environment and a BSc Hons in Outdoor Adventure Leadership  and Management.

You'll Need:

 A minimum of 4Cs at GCSE level (preferably including English and Maths or equivalent) or a Merit at level 2 and a keen interest in sport and outdoor activities.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

  Additional Costs:

As part of the course you will be expected to purchase sports kit and participate in field trips which will incur travel costs (approximately £150 which is payable in full before the start of the course on 31/08/20).


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