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Skills and Activities for Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education) Level 2 Extended Certificate at Northumberland College

Course description

Level 2 Extended Certificate in Outdoor Education is for people with little or no previous experience in the outdoor industry, but who have an interest in adventurous activities and of pursuing a career in the outdoors.

Course content

The Course consists of 3 units; Leading Outdoor and Adventurous Activities Expedition Experience Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are necessary, some previous experience in one or more of the covered activities is expected and a BCU 1 star award would be desirable.


Assessment is throughout the year with observation of practical skills (including facilitating sessions for client groups) and marking of worksheets, written assignments, projects and tests. Assessed evidence is organised into a candidate portfolio.

Future opportunities

The Level 2 Extended Certificate provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to work in the outdoor industry. Career prospects and opportunities will be researched through the course and a personal action plan will be devised relating to these. In addition to gaining employment in the outdoor industry, progress could be made to the Outdoor Education Year 2 courses and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Skills & Activities for Sport & Active Leisure (Outdoor Education) (QCF). Most students in fact, consider the outdoor courses as a two year programme, which prepares them in full for employment in the outdoor industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northumberland College directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities