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BTEC Level 3 Outdoor Education at Newquay Tretherras School

Course description

This one year course comprises of 3 units the equivaient of one AS Level in Year 12. Much of the course is practical involving participation in adventurous activities. This qualification offers broad progression opportunities meeting individual needs, interests and aspirations. The specific nature of this qualification will also enable learners to gain a more indepth knowledge of the outdoor education sector.

Course content

Give learners the knowledge, understanding and skilis that they need to prepare for employment.

Retain a work-related focus and covers some of the knowledge and practical skills for the outdoor education sector.

Offer an engaging programme for those who are interested in a possible career in this field.

Enable students to participate in exciting activities in the outdoors, learning and applying practical skills and techniques, further developing their leadership skills and qualities.

Develop students’ knowledge of the underpinning principles and practices of the outdoor industry including all aspects of provision, function and good practice.

Enable students to plan, participate in and reflect on outdoor and adventurous expeditions.

Units Studied:

Unit 19: Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Unit 29: Principles and Practices in Outdoor

Unit 9: Outdoor and Adventurous


All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by Edexcel. There are no timetabled exams for this qualification; candidates may complete units at a time that suits the centre. The Certificate is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction and the qualification is equivalent to achieving one As level.

Further information

It is important that students have a lively and enquiring mind and an interest in the Outdoor Education industry. They must have a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate their ideas effectively.

During the course students will need to develop and use their research skills and work independently to ensure that work is completed to deadline. It is important that students realise that all work has to be completed in order for them to obtain a final grade.

After successful compietion students may wish to gain employment in the Outdoor Education sector or continue their studies at University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newquay Tretherras School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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    • I believe that Newquay Tretherras has a unique family identity, offering something special to its students. Our aim at Post 16 is to continue to provide you with an excellent education, combined with a wide range of opportunities to develop the qualities and personal social skills you need to make a successful transition to the next stage in your lives. We have an extremely positive Sixth Form ethos, and all students enjoy being part of a community in which they come first.

      We are proud of the contribution our Sixth Form makes to the life of NT. Not only do we achieve great results, we aim to make your time in the Sixth Form an enriching, worthwhile experience. Our Tutor team is highly experienced and dedicated: we pride ourselves on the level of care and guidance we offer, and the team will constantly monitor individual progress to ensure that no one falls behind.

      Our key guarantees to you are:

      • High quality academic teaching, with a friendly and adult approach
      • Excellent relationships with staff who know you well
      • Outstanding individual personal support to motivate and inspire you to succeed
      • Involvement in leadership and elite programmes
      • Involvement in our unique “Future Pathways” schemes to ensure successful transfer to the next stage
      • Opportunities to participate in innovative “Internship” programmes
      • Dedicated Sixth Form facilities, including a fully staffed and well equipped private study room
      • Bursaries and financial support for transport for those in need
      • Forging a strong bond between students, Newquay Tretherras and our Parents who remain a major part of our partnership

      I look forward to welcoming you into NT6.