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Welcome to Rockley College!

Interested in studying with us? Here you will find all the information you need to get started and begin exploring our sixth form offering and our college courses for 16 - 18 year olds. 

Enrol at Rockley and get ready for the College Course of your Life!

What if this year, you made the choice to fully TAKE CHARGE of your life?

Whether you’re just finishing Year 11, about to finish Year 13 or somewhere in between, our courses are designed specifically for you and allow you to combine your passion for Sport and the Outdoors with a full-time education. All of our courses at Rockley are based around Outdoor Adventure and what we love to do so if you have love practical and are keen to get stuck in in all weathers, we've got something perfect for you!

Our Courses

With three full time FREE fully funded courses available to 16 – 18 year olds, the choice is yours and at Rockley your college course is as unique as you are!

We recognise that our students choose us as they want something different and our unique Outdoor Adventure courses offer students a truly vocational course which embeds works experience and extra qualifications. These courses allow our learners to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to succeed not only at sixth form but in life, with direct skills and qualifications for a job and employment and the entry requirements to progress on to university. What more could you wish for?

We offer either a Level 2 Diploma, Level 3 Extended Diploma and the Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship. In all of our courses you will participate in loads of practical, develop as an instructor, go on trips and complete work experience preparing you for a life of adventure. 

“You don’t need to wait till your gap year to have fun! College doesn’t have to involve sitting in a classroom, come and see the alternative that’s right here on your doorstep in Poole”

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More reasons to choose Rockley

Your Classroom

All our courses are based at our Rockley Point centre in Poole. As a working watersports centre, a course with us feels very different to a school environment and with excellent facilities and equipment, your new college could be our watersports centre and your new playground could be our beach!

Our courses attract students from Hampshire and Dorset with students travelling from far and wide across the counties. Served by Hamworthy train station, we attract students from a large catchment area with students travelling from Weymouth, Dorchester, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Southampton and Winchester to access our truly unique courses.

Our Education team includes 15 experienced and dedicated staff who are focused on helping every student become the best that they can be and help them progress in their future in Sport and Outdoor Adventure. 

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Rockley - Our Story

We have been offering sixth form courses and specifically Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport since 2009. These courses were established with the aim of increasing opportunities for school leavers in Poole to get involved with Rockley and to train as a Watersports Instructor whilst also completing a sixth form course.

As a company that employs over 200 seasonal staff each year to work across our centres in France and the UK, and our sixth form courses soon become the perfect answer for finding new staff to join #TeamRockley each year. As a very successful staff training programme, we’ve not looked back and since starting, we have increased the sixth form courses available and opportunities each year.

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The Knowledge that Underpins the Fun!

All of our programmes are sport and outdoor based so be it the Level 2 Diploma, Level 3 Extended Diploma or the Outdoor Activity Instructor Apprenticeship, you will study these sorts of areas and guess what, they are all coursework based and no exams whatsoever, phew!

  • Principles & Practices in Outdoor Adventure 
  • Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Sports Coaching
  • Leading Water Based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Alternative Pursuits for Outdoor Adventure
  • Organising Sports Events
  • ​Work Experience in Sport
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It's all about the Practical at Rockley!

If you like being active, then these are the courses for you covering a full range of watersports, land activities, alternative pursuits and various others: 

  • Water Sports: Sailing, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle boarding, Raft Building
  • Land Activities: Hill Walking, Mountain Biking, Orienteering / Navigation, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding
  • Alternative Pursuits: Surfing, Coasteering, Archery, Bush craft, High Ropes / Low Ropes
  • Other Sports: Football, Touch Rugby, Beach Cricket, Rounders, Ultimate Frisbee, Table Tennis, Boules, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Dodgeball.
  • Optional Instructor Training Programme: You'll also have the opportunity optional training to up-skill yourself and enable you to work towards a range of National Governing Body and In-house qualifications in the activities we offer at Rockley
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Work Experience – Let's get you ready for a Job!

Work experience is when the fun really begins! Picture yourself abroad in the sun delivering to our school groups at one of our 3 French Centres on the South West French coastline.

With at least 2 weeks allocated to this experience, this really gives you the opportunity to develop and grow not only as a person but as an instructor. The soft skills you’ll develop on this experience will set you up for life with our key focusses being Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Teamwork and Collaboration, Flexibility, Adaptability and Problem Solving to mention just a few.

Not keen on France, that’s fine, you can stay in the UK and work at one of our UK centres

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Why not come to an Open Event?

Open Events - #GetInvolved

Find out more about what Rockley Education and the sixth form courses have to offer! It's your chance to chat with our staff and ex-students to find out that actually there is more to life that sitting in a classroom and studying A Levels!

At our Open Events you can...

  • Listen to our Course Presentation and hear everything about the courses - find out all sorts of things such as timetables, entry requirements or trips!
  • Visit our interactive stands to find out about Careers with Rockley and jobs available after the course and during, find out about transport and how to get to college, meet all the staff and ask any questions
  • Take a tour of our campus and check out our specialist learning facilities, all our watersports equipment, the café and obviously the beach!

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It's Your Future

  • Find out about all the RYA Instructor training and practical activities available to you. All our students have access to the full RYA Sailing and Windsurfing syllabus for free and also Instructor Training when students reach the right level. An instructor course alone for windsurfing costs £375. This is FREE for our students.
  • Get free, impartial careers advice for your future, be it heading off to University to study Marine Biology, working as a Watersports Instructor for Rockley or going on to complete an apprenticeship
  • Find out about our great student perks which includes free RYA training for our students, our student bursary schemes and transport options
  • Meet current students and staff and get a feel for what College life is like at Rockley

Guarantee your place for September by completing your application on site and be interviewed and offered a place there and then!

These sessions are extremely popular so please go ahead and register to reserve your place. Prior to the event, you will then receive a reminder and further details closer to the date.

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Keep an open mind and push yourself. It is both a very enjoyable and rewarding course when you put your mind to it - you really can achieve great things.

Gemma Norman


The course allows you to learn practically, it offers some great opportunities and is a gateway to an industry which can open so many doors for the future. You'll have a great time with a great bunch of people.

Jacob Bennett


Throw yourself into EVERY opportunity given to you, and work hard, because it’s all so worth it at the end!

Maddison-Lucy Hain


The Rockley BTEC really has changed my life and has given me the confidence to chase my dreams!

Charlotte Moors


This course as it has enabled me to try things I never would have before, meet new people and make friends, gain qualifications and employment and have the experience of a life time!

Toby Coffin


If you are in to outdoor sports, watersports or land activities, get out as much as you can! Spend lots of time on the water and keep up with the course work and you’ll get the qualifications you need while having a lot of fun!

Kyro Miller


I’ve really improved as a person and have grown in confidence massively. I’ve learnt how to communicate more effectively with others and the value of working as part of a team.

James Anken

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