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Outdoor Adventure Intermediate (Level 2)

This intermediate study programme combines both theory and practical sessions to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of outdoor education occupations. This one year study programme will also provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and experiences that will help you to pursue a career in the outdoor adventure sector. The course is focused in developing skills and knowledge to go onto studying the Level 3 qualification.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year
  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 or A*-D ideally including English and maths 
  • Level 1 BTEC Diploma in Sport (Merit grade) with Functional Skills

You will also need a keen interest in outdoor related pursuits.

Course content

Subject units:
  • Participating in sport
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Leading an outdoor activity session
  • Expedition experience
  • Promote outdoor activities
  • Planning and running a sports event
  • Planning and delivering outdoor activity sessions
  • 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 will 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
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Bushcraft
  • 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.


NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure)

  • 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 course there will be additional fees for:

  • Clothing required for safely participating in water and land based activities. Costs for this are approximately £200
  • Compulsory trips throughout the year which total around £300
  • Optional overseas trips
  • Optional NGB qualifications which start at £200

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. 

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

Although the government has announced that exams will not be going ahead this summer, we are committed to ensuring that all students who apply to join us this year will be able to do so. We therefore want to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about with regards to applying for one of our programmes starting in September 2020. We  are committed to ensuring that the challenges of the current situation will not prevent our future students from achieving their full potential, we are with you every step of the way. 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
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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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