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Sport and Outdoor Activities (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

This an exciting new course at NWRC, Limavady. This BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities is aimed at students wanting to progress into employment or higher education in outdoor adventure activities. Learners with this qualification will often proceed to work as a freelance outdoor activity instructor. They can work at a variety of outdoor pursuit centres for example high ropes courses, adventure centres, waterparks, and residential adventure centres. Learners will gain the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviour needed to work as an outdoor activities instructor.
  • Start Date
    29 Aug 2022
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus

Important Message

Applications for 2023/24 opening soon

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St
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Course Modules

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Personal Skills Development in Outdoor Activities
  • Applied Leadership and Instructing in Outdoor Activity
  • Research Project in Sport
  • Sport Development
  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Fitness Training
  • Influence of Technology in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities
  • Ethical and Current Issues in Sport
  • Marketing Communications
  • Sport and Leisure Facility Operations
  • Sports Tourism
  • Health and Safety Factors in Outdoor Learning
  • Outdoor Activity Provision
  • Impacts and Sustainability of Outdoor Activities
  • Expedition Experience
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs (Grade C or above); OR Level 2 Diploma

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade 05 or above); OR Leaving Cert Applied – Merit

Work Placement

This course will include a work experience element that will form a significant portion of your learning.

What's Next?

Further Study

Learners may progress to several different higher-education courses or to work in the outdoor activities sector in associated roles, such as outdoor adventure, sports development, tourism, and events. Learners can progress to higher education degree programmes such as the BSc (Hons) Outdoor Adventure at Ulster University, Coleraine, or to other degree programmes including BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership, BSc Hons in Outdoor Adventure and Environment, BSc Hons in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management.

Career Prospects

The qualification is suitable for learners who want to progress directly to employment in the outdoor activities sector as an outdoor activities instructor. Alternatively this programme can provide direct entry to higher education degree programmes in outdoor adventures.


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    I’d recommend NWRC to anyone that wants to work with children or young people. The courses are great for those who may not want to stay in school because it’s not for them.
    Ryan Boyle (Early Years)
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    I studied Level 2 Maths and English and successfully passed both. It was a great course, and it was great working in a smaller group. I’ve made friends for life and I’m considering progressing to another part-time course with the College.
    Paul Cotton (Strabane)

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