Outdoor Programmes NVQ 3 Diploma at Northumberland College
The Level 3 NVQ in Outdoor Programme is usually offered as part of an Apprenticeship. It is an appropriate qualification for some second or third year Outdoor Education students or for candidates with the relevant level of experience and competency. The qualification is aimed at people who are in a position of supervising and leading outdoor programmes without direct supervision and requires the candidate to have a secure work placement.
A Number of units are covered and assessed in a working environment. Core units include: Contribute to improving personal & organisational performance Organise people & resources for outdoor programmes Ensure the health, safety, welfare & security of customers & staff Promote the conservation of the environment Establish & maintain effective working relationships in the outdoors Additional units include: Design outdoor recreation programmes Facilitate recreation in the outdoors Supervise residential experiences Facilitate adventurous experiences
You will need 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, or a relevant level 2 qualification. In addition to these, you must have accredited personal experience (including group work) which is relevant to the course. It may be possible to access this course on completion of the year one outdoor education and training program if the candidate has relevant experience and an appropriate level of competency. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to undertake this qualification.
The course is primarily practical skills based and so is mainly assessed in that way, including assessor observations in the workplace. Proof of underpinning knowledge is tested by oral or written assessment. The candidate is required to produce a portfolio of evidence at the end of the course.
The course offers an excellent foundation and springboard for those wishing to work at a good level in the outdoor industry and many of our students move straight into employment on completion of this course. A Foundation Degree in Outdoor Education or Sport Science or a teaching qualification, e.g. Certificate in Education could be considered. A NVQ level 4 in management in the outdoor industry may also be a consideration.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northumberland College directly.