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Outdoor Programmes NVQ 3 Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

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.

Course content

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

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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.

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