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Level 3 Diploma in Outdoor Education at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • The course offers the opportunity to study Outdoor Adventure in a wide variety of activities.
  • Our unique location and close links with county providers make this specialised course very unique, utilising the local natural environmental resources along with a dedicated team of Outdoor Education facilitators.
  • Students will be encouraged to develop their personal skills and be guided towards gaining further National Governing Body awards in their particular area of interest.
  • Some of the activities the students can expect to be involved in are: Canoeing, Kayaking (flat water, river and surf), Rock climbing (sport, trad and bouldering), Abseiling, Navigation and expedition work, Mountain biking, Gorge walking, Coasteering, Orienteering, Water Sports
  • On successful completion of this course, students can progress into higher education, studying Outdoor Education at degree or foundation degree level.
  • Learning support is available to help students with individual and group work.

Course content

This qualification will enable students to develop the essential skills and knowledge for starting a career in the outdoor activity industry. The qualification will give students insight into the various different occupational routes they can take within the sector, plus help them to progress in existing employment, or move on to further study.

Entry requirements

Students aged 16-19 should normally have at least one of the following: a BTEC First Diploma at Merit grade or above; at least four GCSEs at grades A* - C, to include Physical Education and either English or Maths; appropriate work experience; the interest and potential to succeed in achieving the qualification. Mature students may be considered without formal qualifications at the discretion of the faculty.


The assessment is course work based. The form of assessment is varied and includes: practical assessment, written assignments, case studies, scenarios and student presentations. Assessment may include mastery tests but there are no formal written exams. Each unit is assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification awarded.

Future opportunities

With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, students can progress straight into employment. There are a wide variety of prospective careers that students can investigate, for example: Climbing wall instructors, Outdoor Education centre instructors. Other careers where the study of Outdoor Adventure would be useful could include the emergency services and the armed services. The BTEC Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure has the equivalence of three GCE A Levels and offers good progression into higher education.  BTEC Level 3 qualifications give UCAS points for university applications.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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