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Sport & Fitness

Understanding Outdoor Pursuits and Adventure Leadership

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 4

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

This is a practical based full-time course designed to equip you for further study or employment.

It will help you to develop knowledge and skills in outdoor pursuits and provide a general understanding of the work environment in the outdoor pursuits industry. Ideal for those looking for a career in an exciting, varied and developing industry. 

You will be required to contribute towards NGB registrations and memberships at the start of the course - cost to be confirmed.

What you will learn

  • Lowland Walk Leader Training
  • CWI Training
  • Fundamentals of Climbing 1 and 2
  • Learn to Lead
  • Emergency 1st Aid
  • Paddlesport Performance Start/Discover/Explore
  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • Go Mountain Bike Performance Awards
  • Snowsports Training
  • SQA Core Skills
  • Leadership Theory Units

How the course is assessed

  • Governing Body assessment/ Internal College assessment

Number of days per week

  • 4

Entry requirements

Although no formal qualifications are required. Evidence of participation and experience in at least two of the following Hillwalking, Mountain Biking, Paddlesports and Climbing are required. Experience in assisting/volunteering would be advantageous.

  • Some of the NGB awards are subject toa minimum age restriction which will be discussed at point of interview.
  • You must have an active interest and previous experience/regular participation in outdoor pursuits activities.
  • Although not essential at the point of application, evidence of a suitable level of clearance through the PVG scheme will be an expectation of all applicants.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

The interview session will consist of a presentation followed by a one to one interview with a member of the Sport and Fitness team.

This may be achieved face to face or remotely through a medium such as Microsoft Teams

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

You may go directly into the world of work, progress onto specialist instructor training or continue with Edinburgh College on our Outdoor Pursuits and Adventure Leadership course. 

Alternatively, if you have the relevant academic standing, you may progress onto:

  • BA Hons Adventure Tourism Management (incorporating HND)
  • BA Hons Adventure Performance and Coaching (incorporating HND)
  • BA Hons Adventure Education

Career options

  • Outdoor Centre Employment

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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