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Level 2 Diploma in Outdoor Education

  • LEVEL 2

Course Overview

The Level 2 in Outdoor Education is a hands-on course which will equip students with the confidence and knowledge to assist in leading outdoor adventurous activities. This qualification is ideal for learners who are interested in pursuing a career in the sport or outdoor education industry.

The course is delivered by experienced Lecturers in sports and outdoor education. The units are taught via a multitude of engaging and exciting methods including, role plays, guest speakers, trips and expedition alongside traditional lectures and interactive online learning.

Why BCA?
At BCA we have:

100% pass rate on all sport programmes
95% of our students progress into positive destinations
90% of our students achieve on or above their target grades
Excellent links with local sports clubs, industry experts, employers and outdoor centers
All of our staff have extensive industry experience and qualifications
Outstanding facilities

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 04 Jul 2025

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and maths or a Level 1 Diploma in Sport at a Merit/Distinction grade with GCSE English or maths at grad...

Course information

Some example units include:
Participating in sport
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
Leading an Outdoor Activity Session
Plan, Deliver & Evaluate an Activity Session
Work Experience in the Sports Industry
Promote Outdoor Activities
Expedition Experience
The study programme will also include English and/or Maths GCSEs, a tutorial programme and industry placement.

1 Year

This course will be delivered via theory and practical lessons. There will also be the opportunity to participate in residential trips and expeditions which may form part of your assessment.

This course is fully internally assessed which will be via a variety of methods including:
Written reports
Practical observations

Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Education)
Outdoor Education students may have the opportunity to complete additional qualifications as part of their study programme. The training for these qualifications will form part of the course syllabus, however, the actual exam will be optional and will incur an additional cost. We will notify you of any details relating to these courses as and when necessary.
Membership to Governing bodies is compulsory for those students wanting to pursue industry-recognised qualifications. More information on this will be provided by course tutors in the lead up to qualification assessments.

You will take part in a week’s industry placement at the centre of your choice, where you will work alongside instructors to deliver a wide range of sessions. In addition to this, you will attend guest lectures, trips, and run events using the college’s outstanding outdoor facilities.

We actively encourage students to find their own industry placement near to home, but BCA will support you if required.

All employers accepting industry placement students will be visited beforehand to ensure that they comply with health and safety regulations and also have the correct insurance cover in place.

Successful completion of this course will lead to opportunities to progress onto a Level 3 qualification in Sport or Outdoor Education, onto an apprenticeship or into employment in the sports / outdoor industry.

What careers can this course lead onto?

Activity Instructor
Activity Holiday Co-ordinator
Ski Technician
Youth Worker
Generic employability in the outdoor industry

Level 2

This is a fast-paced course that provides students with an outdoor centre experience, preparing them for application and working life in the outdoor industry. The course makes full use of the excellent facilities:

Modern classrooms, fully equipped with IT support
4 full-size football pitches
A state of the art sports hall, incorporating 4 badminton courts, a full-sized basketball court and cricket nets
Indoor and outdoor climbing facilities
High & low rope courses
Archery range
A fully-equipped fitness centre and a separate strength and conditioning facility
Trim trail
400-acres of Berkshire countryside

Uniform and PPE:

All Outdoor Education students will be required to purchase the compulsory BCA kit, which is appropriate to their programme. We try to keep all compulsory kit bundles to a minimum cost and then give the option for you to purchase additional items. A clean, practical kit must be brought in every day. Please refer to the size guide and ensure that the sizes you order are correct. Once the kit has been personalised with the BCA logo, refunds/exchanges will not be permitted. As a new Outdoor Education student, you will need to buy the compulsory kit package as advised in your joining instructions at the time of enrolment.

In addition to the compulsory bundle, all Outdoor Education students are required to have a suitable pair of approach shoes or walking boots, a pair of walking trousers, a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers for expedition. For water-based lessons, a water sports kit suitable for use all year round will be needed.

Returning students are very welcome to order another complete bundle, however, you will already have some kit from last year, so you may decide just to order a few additional items. Please email Nicky Cornelius, Curriculum Assistant for further details on how to order individual items.


All students will be required to bring appropriate stationery and a notebook to all lessons. We advise students to purchase a ring binder folder to keep class notes and resources in, for future reference. BCA does not supply pens, pencils, rulers or notepads.

All students will be required to bring their own set of headphones for blended learning sessions. The headphones do not need to be expensive but must be PC compatible.

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