Full Time

Subject Area

Sport, Fitness and Public Services

Course Length

1 Year


MAC (Marine Activity Centre)


16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / Diploma in Outdoor Education Level 3

Who is this course for?

If you enjoy sport and outdoor activities and would like to develop your practical skills then this course is ideal for you. It’s also a good starting point for people wishing to study Outdoor Education to a higher level.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above or a valid L2 related qualification.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course explores a range of subject areas including:

  • Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Principles & Practice in Outdoor Adventure
  • Skills for land-based outdoor & adventurous activities
  • Skills for water-based outdoor & adventurous activities
  • Alternative Pursuits for Outdoor adventure

Learners will develop keys skills associated with kayaking, expeditions and climbing and also opportunities to do taster sessions in canoeing, surfing, coasteering, orienteering and ghyll scrambling.

How you will learn

The course is mainly taught through practical methods in well-equipped outdoor environments. The course also includes visits to climbing walls, water based activities centre, hill walking, orienteering and expeditions. The learners will be based at MAC (Marine Activity Centre) for classroom/practical teaching activities and at Bede Campus for tutorial and maths/English elements of the course.

Where could this course take you?

Successful learners could progress into advanced apprenticeships or employment within the outdoor adventure industry and progress to Higher Education.