Level 3 Outdoor Instructor Traineeship | 18+ | Rockley College | Rockley


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Level 3 Outdoor Instructor Traineeship

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Course overview

The Outdoor Instructor Traineeship is an educational training programme specifically designed for students that are keen to develop and work in the Outdoors Industry. It is a great opportunity for 18 year olds who have an interest in the outdoors and want to learn more and get qualified. With its perfect blend of education, work experience and practical training, you’ll be ready to join Team Rockley as a qualified Outdoor Instructor by the end of the programme in May. Let’s get the adventure started!


Entry Criteria

Optional Training

Next Step

The traineeship is a structured programme specially designed to prepare you for the world of work as an Outdoor Instructor. This programme is split in to 3 areas:

Education – All of our trainees complete the Level 3 Diploma in Sport. This qualification covers 9 units and is all coursework based. It underpins all that you will do as an instructor, introducing you to such things as Principles of Outdoor Adventure, Waterbased Skills, Landbased Skills, Sports Leadership, Careers in Sport and Work Experience.  

Practical Training – During the programme you will be introduced to range of waterbased and land based activities like Sailing, Windsurfing, Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Powerboating, Mountain Biking, Climbing, High Ropes, Archery, Team Building, Orienteering and Walking, to name just a few!

Work Experience – This is where you get to put in to practice all you’ve learnt and begin working as an instructor. You’ll be taught how each session is delivered and then have the opportunity to practice and learn by delivering your own sessions in a supportive environment. As you develop in experience, you’ll move from an assistant instructor to then being in full control of groups and leading our Rockley activities.

This programme is specifically designed for 18 year olds that are looking for something post Sixth Form and so you will need to be 18 years by 31st August and ready to start the programme in September.

We're looking for people with a passion for sport and outdoors and ideally you will share our Rockley values and beliefs, demonstrating a can-do attitude, and a desire to give it a go.

A personal skill level in water and land-based activities is not required as you will receive full training, but you will need a desire to work with young people and an interest in becoming an Outdoor Instructor and GCSE English and 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.

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.

During the programme we will support you to get the skills and qualifications you need to secure a job, apprenticeship or further training in Outdoor Adventure. Our programme is specifically designed for students to move on to employment at Rockley as an Outdoor Instructor and as such Trainees will have the opportunity to apply for further opportunities at Rockley at the end of the programme. If you decide that’s not for you, support is still there with an exit interview and guidance to find what’s your Next Step.

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

September to May

Age requirement

You will need to be 18 years old by 31st August

Entry criteria

English and Maths at Grade 4


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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