Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Diploma/Extended Diploma

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 3 Sports & Fitness

Our courses will put you on the road to a great future; we have developed our qualifications in partnership with industry professionals to ensure the knowledge you gain is not only relevant and current, but will set you apart in the workplace. Whether an elite athlete, sports enthusiast or potential inspirational coach, we can take your sporting journey to the next level with our range of qualifications and training. We’ve got commercial gyms, sports pitches and fantastic training partnerships including with Plymouth Argyle Football Club.


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Ideal if:

you have an interest in outdoor education and wish to develop your academic knowledge of the outdoor sector alongside your adventurous sports technical and coaching skills. If you would like to become employable and go straight into work at an approved outdoor centre in the UK or France, this course is for you.

You’ll need:

five GSCEs at grade C or 5, including English and mathematics and ideally science, plus a strong desire to work in the sport, health and fitness industry. Or a Sport Diploma Level 2 at merit grade if you are applying for the Extended Diploma.

You’ll learn:

a wide range of topics giving you the knowledge and an understanding of the outdoor sport and active leisure sector. Alongside these you have the opportunities to complete a number of technical certificates such as: BCU Paddlesport, BCU FSRT, Mountain Nike Leader and First Aid. Practical activities include: Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hill Walking, Canoeing, Surfing, Coasteering, Orienteering, Problem Solving and Climbing. You will help to lead activities with school groups and organize events/festivals.


to be in college for three to four days a week. You'll complete work experience placements and employability workshops and have practical and written assessments. You will also be expected to complete end of year exams. The modules will be delivered with a very hands-on practical approach during outdoor sessions and classroom based theory sessions. Examples of these units include Principles and Practices in Outdoor Adventure, Skills for Land and Water Based Activities, Anatomy and Physiology, Water and Land-based Leadership, Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions.

You’ll love:

the balance of theory and practice,; working with specialist staff in specialist facilities and the opportunities to play in our sports teams.

You’ll go on to:

employment in the industry, or university study such as our FdSc Sports Development & Coaching or FdSc Sport, Health & Fitness.


Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness


Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Diploma/Extended Diploma

Start Date



Stoke Climsland


2 years


Jordan Harper Outdoor Adventure Extended Diploma

"Duchy is one of the only colleges that offers the Sport Outdoor Adventure Diploma with water activities as well as inland ones, most college only offer one of the other, a day here could include anything from kayaking to climbing. When I leave I pan on going to work in an activity centre to get some leadership under my belt and then come back to get more qualifications and eventually become a lecturer."

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