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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure)

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Course overview

This is our flagship course and our most popular. With 18 units, it really covers the depth and breadth of the skills, knowledge and understanding required to work in the Sports and Outdoor Adventure Industry. This two-year Advanced Level 3 Extended Diploma course is equivalent to three A-Levels and carries UCAS points and is therefore suitable for progression to university. 


Entry Criteria

Optional Training

Next Step

Below is a selection of example modules you will be studying during the course:

Year 1 – Skills Builder Year. You will cover topics including exercise, Health and Lifestyle, Principles & Practices in Outdoor Adventure, Practical Team Sports, Skills for Water-based Activities, Skills for Land-based Activities and Work Experience in Sport.

Year 2 – Instructor Ready. We will focus on lots of practical skills like Alternative Pursuits, Sports Injuries, Equipment and Facilities, Sports Coaching, Expeditions and Leading Land Based Activities and Leading Water Based Activities.

Five or more GCSEs, including English and Maths at grade 4 or above. You will need to be 16 years by 31st August and ready to start in September. We’re looking for people with a passion for sport and the outdoors. Ideally you will share our Rockley values and beliefs, demonstrate a can-do attitude, and have the desire to give it a go!

A personal skill level in water and land-based activities is not required, you will receive full training.

Our optional training programme allows you to up-skill and work towards a range of National Governing Body and in-house qualifications. We offer training in both water and land based activities which is free to all our learners and gives you the opportunity to develop as an instructor and prepare for a career in the outdoor industry.

Activities include: sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, powerboating, bell boating, raft building, high / low ropes, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, walking, orienteering, rifle shooting, tunnelling, tomahawk throwing, archery, team building, expeditions, bushcraft and many more.

After this programme you can continue with your studies in sport at university, seek employment as an Outdoor Activity Instructor or apply for an apprenticeship - ask about Rockley's Apprenticeship Scheme. The staff will be happy to offer you help and guidance as you continue on to the next step of your adventure.

Key information

Course duration

2 years, September start

Age requirement

16 years by 31st August

Entry criteria

Five or more GCSEs, including English and Maths at grade 4 or above


A passion for sport and the outdoors


Rockley Point | BH15 4RW

What our students think

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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