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 expeditions alongside traditional lectures and interactive online learning.
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
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.
The full two-year programme is the equivalent of three 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 the 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.
Students must study all of the following core modules:
- Health, Wellbeing and Sport
- Personal Skills Development in Outdoor Activities
- Applied Leadership and Instructing in Outdoor Activity
- Research Project
- Health & Safety Factors in Outdoor Learning
- Expedition Experience
- Impact & Sustainability of Outdoor Activities
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
- 3 full-size football pitches & a full-sized rugby pitch
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on how to order individual items.
Stationery: 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.
Students will begin on a one-year Foundation Diploma, equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. Successful completion of year one will lead to progression on to the second year where they will study an additional 90 credits to achieve an Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A-Levels.
Students will also have the opportunity to gain further qualifications in leadership, and coaching in outdoor adventurous activities. 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 in 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.
This course is fully internally assessed which will be via a variety of methods including:
- Written reports
- Practical observations
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.
Students will also have the chance to represent the College, working at the Royal Berkshire show running our mobile climbing wall, engaging with the public and learning about how to manage different people’s abilities.