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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Education


About The Course

This course will develop the professional competencies and knowledge needed to be a skilled outdoor educator and activity leader.  It will provide a good understanding of the practical and contemporary issues within this exciting sector. You will be given the opportunity to participate in and lead a range of practical outdoor and adventure activities and gain valuable expedition experience on UK and international trips.

You will study and develop skills in a variety of outdoor sports, learn about environmental education as well as establish a strong foundation of interpersonal skills required for this industry including problem-solving, decision making, confidence and communication.

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.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, maths and preferably either PE and science or a Level 2 Diploma in Sport at Merit/Distinction grade (or equivalent) with GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above.

Why BCA?

At BCA we have:

  • 100% pass rate across all sports programmes
  • 95% of our students go on to full-time employment or further higher education
  • Excellent links with local sports clubs and outdoor centres which offer realistic job opportunities on completion of your course

More information


The full two year programme is the equivalent to 3 A levels, preparing the students to progress onto Higher Education studying a range of subjects at University such as Outdoor Adventure and Environment, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Leadership, Sports Coaching, Sports Teaching, and many more.

Alternatively, this course is perfect preparation for students wishing to go into employment within the outdoor industry, making use of our strong links with PGL, Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre, The Outdoor Experience, Go Ape and many more.