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Outdoor Adventure (Level 2)

This study programme combines both theory and practical sessions to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of outdoor education occupations. This study programme will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and experiences that will help you to pursue a career in the uniformed public services, and is ideal if you wish to join the armed forces, emergency services, paramedical services or the Prison Service.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year
  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 ideally including English and maths 
  • Sport at Level 1

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Participating in sport
    • Outdoor and adventurous activities
    • Leading an outdoor activity session
    • Expedition experience
    • Promote outdoor activities
    • Work experience in the sports industry
    • Development of personal fitness through training 
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience: 
    During the summer term you undertake a group expedition and a work placement at Shuttleworth Activity Centre.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to Outward Bound and attend a ski/snowboarding trip or a less expensive alternative. 
    • As part of your studies you will also be able to take additional qualifications in:
      • Sailing
      • Kayaking
      • Canoeing
      • Orienteering
      • Climbing
      • First Aid at Work 

Assessment methods

All BTEC work will be assessed through assignments, which can consist of written essays, presentations, group discussion, practical observation and academic posters. Functional Skills/GCSEs will be assessed through formal exams.


Sport (Outdoor Adventure) BTEC Level 2 Diploma

• National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications
• English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme (including completing GCSE English and Maths or Functional Skills Level 2) you can progress to study Outdoor Adventure Level 3. Alternatively you can enter employment at a junior level in a range of outdoor adventure occupations, including becoming an outdoor instructor.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme you will be required to purchase clothing such as wetsuits, costing approximately £200. There will be various trips throughout the year costing approximately £400 and NGB qualifications approximately £200 (optional).

The College has links with retailers which enable us to offer students reduced price equipment at the start of the study programme.

As well as hosting an exclusive careers event, we have regular guest speakers throughout the year and these can include: National Park Rangers, National Governing Body representatives, exclusive interviews with outdoor centre mangers and other leading outdoor professionals. We have also organised charity events at our Shuttleworth Activity Centre, raising money for environmental projects with National Park Rangers in the Peak District.

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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