BTEC Level 3 National in Sport and Outdoor Activities

Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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: 


Unit A - Careers in the Sport & Active Leisure Industry - 90 credits 

Unit B - Health, Wellbeing & Sport - 90 credits 

Unit C4 - Personal Skills Development in Outdoor Activities - 180 credits 

Unit 24 - Health & Safety Factors in Outdoor Learning - 60 credits 

Unit 25 - Outdoor Activity Provision - 60 credits 

Unit 27 - Expedition Experience - 60 credits


Unit D4 - Applied Leadership & Instructing in Outdoor Activity - 180 credits 

Unit 26 - Impacts & Sustainability of Outdoor Activities - 60 credits 

Unit E - Research Project in Sport (Pearson-set) - 120 credits 

Unit 4 - Nutrition for Physical Performance - 60 credits 

Unit 14 - Organising Events in Sport & Physical Activities - 60 credits  Unit 9 - Fitness Training - 60 credits 

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


• 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 

How will it be delivered?

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 requirements

General College Level 3 entry requirements. 

Your next steps...

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


• Engineering