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Outdoor Programmes Level 3 Apprenticeship at Kendal College

Course description

Apprenticeships allow you to gain qualifications whilst working - you will gain knowledge and experience through working in a centre environment. The Apprenticeship will enable you to prepare, lead and review appropriate outdoor activity sessions in a safe, engaging

and inclusive manner and is ideally suited for anyone who works as an activity leader, outdoor instructor, or specific job role such as a climbing wall instructor.

Course content

You’ll cover key areas such as organising people and resources, good working relationships, conservation and health and safety of both customers and colleagues. You can also choose options specific to the outdoor programme you lead, whether it’s for education, recreation or development training.

During your Advanced Apprenticeship you study Outdoor Programmes qualification at level 3. There is a different framework for the three different pathways. To achieve this qualification, all candidates need to complete 5 core units:

- Contribute to improving personal and organisational performance

- Organise people and resources for outdoor programmes

- Promote the conservation of the environment

- Ensure the health, safety, welfare and security of customers and staff

- Establish and maintain effective working relationships in the outdoors

Depending on your pathway, you then choose further core units for the following pathways:

- Outdoor Education pathway

- Outdoor Development Training pathway

- Outdoor Recreation pathway

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of five GCSEs at A*-C to include English or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction. You should also be working 30 hours per week in an appropriate environment (if you are looking for employment see below for information).

Please ask to speak to the course tutor for advice and guidance if you have any queries about your application.

Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Email for more information.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.

- Contact local businesses and see if they have any vacancies available.


You will be assessed in the workplace and cover off-the-job training at the group meetings. You will build a portfolio of evidence gathered from working with real equipment, facilities and customers, as part of your day to day employment.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Future opportunities

Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship can lead to higher education opportunities. Recognition of your qualifications by employers can also lead to rapid career development in the workplace.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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