Level 3 Outdoor Instructor Traineeship | 18+ | Rockley College


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Level 3 Outdoor Instructor Traineeship

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Course overview

This course is ideal for students aged 18 who are keen to work in the industry and get fast tracked as an instructor, or for someone considering a gap year with a desire to undertake further training. Students on this course often join us from other Sixth Form Colleges after completing A-Levels or another Level 3 programme. This course is largely practical based, and as a traineeship, is designed to prepare you for work in the outdoor industry.


Entry Criteria

Optional Training

Next Step

You will cover a diverse range of topics such as: First Aid, Health and Safety, Customer Care, Manual Handling, COSHH, Fire Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding. 

The course gives you the opportunity to develop and experience the lifestyle of working as an outdoor instructor in one of our centres in the UK or France. It’s like a structured Gap Year in a supportive environment, all on your doorstop, with little to no costs.

Four or more GCSEs, including English or Maths at grade 4 or above.

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. As you will only be at Rockley for a year , you will need to choose areas to focus on unless you have extensive previous experience in Outdoor Adventure. Depending on your experience, ability and interests, you will have the opportunity to work through the RYA syllabus in sailing and windsurfing and also gain various inhouse qualifications in paddlesports, mountain biking, orienteering, raft building and many more.

The Traineeship offers huge opportunity in finding employment in the outdoor and marine industry both in the UK and abroad. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your studies in sport at university or maybe complete an apprenticeship. ​Click here for details of our Level 3 Outdoor Activity Apprenticeship programme.

Key information

Course duration

1 year

Age requirement


Entry criteria

4 GCSEs at grade 4 including English or Maths


No previous experience required


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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