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BTEC Apprenticeship in Sport and Recreation - Outdoor Programmes (Level 3)

What is involved in this course?

The course is a 5 term (40 week) programme, during which you will study a variety of topics related to outdoor activities and education, including leadership, session planning, safeguarding and health & safety.  At the end of the course you will be prepared to enter the outdoor industry as an instructor.

What outdoor sports and activities are included?

There will be an entire course based around sailing which will allow you to learn to sail and progress your personal skills through to becoming an instructor.

You will gain personal skills in the following: Kayaking, Powerboat, Hill Walking and Climbing.

What are the course requirements?

A basic knowledge of the industry is recommended, as well as a keen interest in outdoor adventurous activities, working in the outdoors, and working with children, teenagers and adults.

You must have GCSE English & Maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent). If you do not have these, you will be offered courses in both and must pass them to gain the full apprentice qualification.

What can the course lead on to?

This course will launch you directly into work and therefore is a good way of gaining the building blocks of a career in the outdoor leisure industry, progressing into further training and employment.

How will I be assessed?

For the BTEC elements you will be assessed in line with the exam board requirements which requires a portfolio of work and assignments. This will be assessed by your tutors and verified by the exam board. For the National Governing Body qualifications, these will be delivered and assessed by those authorised by the Governing Body.

What industry national governing body qualifications can I gain on the course?

You will study for, and subsequently gain a number of industry qualifications. Some elements are mandatory, and others voluntary. As a minimum you will undertake RYA Dinghy Instructor, RYA Powerboat Level 2, First Aid at Work.

Other available opportunities

Undertaking your Duke of Edinburgh award at both Silver and Gold levels

Joining the successful sailing race team and participating at events around the country

Coastal sailing at the 2012 Olympic venue and base of Team GBR

Yacht sailing

Employer Apprenticeship

This course may be linked to an apprenticeship with a suitable employer and follows the Outdoor Programs Apprenticeship Framework.  The student must be employed at a minimum of 30 hours per week which will include the time spent studying on this course.  Those wishing to do this should contact the school to understand the contractual requirements for both the employer and student/employee.