Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Activity Leadership (with National Governing Body Awards & Qualifications)

What's Involved

This innovative and dynamic study programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire substantial knowledge and vocational expertise for the outdoor industry. It follows on from the Level 3 Diploma in Sport & Physical Activity (Outdoor), and provides students with a full Level 3 Extended Diploma by studying a further 6 units. The extended diploma is the equivalent of 3 A-levels and offers UCAS points for University progression.

This programme develops leadership skills learned in the diploma, and applies them to a more advanced leadership context. Integrated into the programme are a range industry-recognised awards and qualifications from the key National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) pertinent to the profession. Whilst many of these are included in the programme, some may be subsidised or available at discounted rates through linked providers.

Practical units will make use of the region’s countryside and indoor adventure venues to develop leadership skills in disciplines such us kayaking, canoeing, navigation, mountain biking and rock climbing. Meanwhile, theoretical units will provide the technical knowledge required to succeed in coaching and leadership, whilst enabling students to progress smoothly to Higher Education pathways.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the NCFE Level 3 diploma in Sport & Physical Activity (Outdoor).

You must be able to swim 25 metres, and this will be assessed during the induction period or through prior certification.

Course Assessment Method

This programme contains substantial practical elements supported by more theoretical units which allow reflection and application of technical knowledge. Seminars, practical sessions and research sessions will develop autonomy and encourage ownership of personal development. You will eventually lead groups, both within the college and externally, in preparation for employment or further training.

Internally assessed units will use formative and summative methods including written reports, presentations, posters/leaflets, video production and practical assessments.

What's Next

Employment: The study programme comprises a substantial degree of practical vocational experience through internal training, external partnerships and work-experience. Students have the opportunity to access a broad range of national governing body qualifications (some at their own cost) throughout the programme. Links with employers and training providers will guide this. As a consequence, many past students have progressed directly into the industry as instructors, working for employers such as Plas Y Brenin, PGL and national outdoor retailers.

Higher Education: This programme provides students with UCAS points; the key to entering university courses. Foundation degrees are also offered at college, and provide a more gradual and vocationally orientated progression route. Typical progression routes include:

> BSc/BA Outdoor Education/Leadership

> FD Outdoor Leadership

> BA Environmental Studies

> BSc Sport and Exercise (Coaching)

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk

Course Information
Qualification Type: Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity
Level: Level 3
Academic Year: 23/24
Start Date: September 2023

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