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BTEC Level 3 National in Sport & Outdoor Activities

Level 3

BTEC Level 3 National in Sport & Outdoor Activities

Qualification: BTEC – Equivalent to 3 x A Levels

Duration: 2 Years

What will I study?

This is an exciting practical based course which provides an opportunity to get out of the classroom and develop your knowledge, skills and experience in a variety of outdoor activities. Activities will include the following:

  • Outdoor climbing & abseiling
  • Indoor climbing & abseiling
  • Weaselling
  • Caving
  • Hill & mountain walking
  • Kayaking & canoeing
  • River scrambling
  • Coasteering
  • Expeditions
  • Mountain biking

Experience is not required in any of the above activities, just a willingness to get involved!

In addition to being based at college, lessons will also take place at Manvers Waterfront, The Foundry Climbing Centre and in the Peak District.

The following is a breakdown of the units that make up the qualification:

Year One 

Unit  Unit Title  Credits 
A  Careers in the Sport & Active Leisure Industry  90 
B  Health, Wellbeing & Sport  90 
C4  Personal Skills Development in Outdoor Activities  180 
24  Health & Safety Factors in Outdoor Learning  60 
25  Outdoor Activity Provision  60 
27  Expedition Experience  60 


Year Two 

Unit  Unit Title  Credits 
D4  Applied Leadership & Instructing in Outdoor Activity  180 
26  Impacts & Sustainability of Outdoor Activities  60 
E  Research Project in Sport (Pearson-set)  120 
4  Nutrition for Physical Performance  60 
14  Organising Events in Sport & Physical Activities  60 
9  Fitness Training  60 

Additional Courses

To enhance learner experience and develop CVs a number of additional opportunities will also be made available, including:

• DofE Bronze, Silver & Gold

• Assistant Climbing Instructor Qualification

• Foundation Water Safety & Rescue Training

• British Canoeing Performance Pathways

• Gym Instructing / Personal Trainer Qualifications

• First Aid

Study Visits

To enhance the curriculum there will be an optional opportunity to go on residential trips in both the 1st and 2nd year. Residential venues will be selected from the following:

• Lake District

• North Wales

• Scotland

• France


Transport and activity costs for lessons away from college campus will be £50 per year.

Residentials will be approximately £250 per trip – non-compulsory.

Prospective learners will also need their own personal outdoor equipment such as:

• Ruck sack – £20 approx

• Water proof top – £15 approx

• Water proof bottoms – £15 approx

• Walking boots – £30 approx

• Hat and gloves – £15 approx

Advice and support will be given to learners about appropriate personal outdoor equipment at the start of the course and there will be an opportunity to buy all items at a discounted price through college.

Please note that all specialist safety equipment (e.g. climbing harness, buoyancy aids, helmets etc.) will be supplied by the college.


The majority of units are assessed through portfolio assignments, which are set and marked by your teachers.

One unit in Year 2 is set and marked externally by the exam board.

Entry Criteria

General college entry criteria for Level 3.


Having successfully completed the course learners will then have an opportunity, through college support and guidance, to progress into:

University – Outdoor Adventure / Outdoor Management / Outdoor Instructor / Sports Science / Physical Education / Teaching

Apprenticeship schemes as an outdoor instructor based within an outdoor company

Armed Forces

Police Force

Fire Service



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Culture Vulture

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BTEC Outdoor Adventure Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

BTEC Outdoor Activities Flying Start 2024

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

BTEC Outdoor Activities Course Overview