BTEC Level 3 Sport and Outdoor Activities

BTEC Level 3 Sport and Outdoor Activities


Real Education. Real Qualifications. Real Future.

Our BTEC Level 3 Sport and Outdoor Activities course offers you a direct route to university or employment in the outdoor and watersports industry for students age 16 – 18.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Outdoor Activities is the equivalent to studying 3 ‘A’ Levels at college, giving you employability options and the opportunity to access University Courses.

Real Qualifications

Alongside the academic studies, students will participate in a wide range of adventure sport’s and activities. As you progress through the 2 year course, you will pick up professionally recognised qualifications in sailing, windsurfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Wakeboarding, Mountainbikiing and Climbing.

Real Future

Alongside the practical elements of the course, you can pick up internationally recognised instructor qualifications, this gives students direct access to employability options bioth in the UK, and abroad. In addition to instructor qualifications, the students will also gain real ‘work experience’ to support their qualifications.

Over the last 25 years, BTEC qualifications have helped millions of people develop the skills they need to get on in life. Engaging and inspiring, these work-related qualifications are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities. They provide a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing any of the essential subject theory. BTECs give students the skills they need to either move on to higher education or go straight into employment.

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Academic and Practical Partnership

Newman College

Newman College is a modern 6th form college with state of the art facilities in central Hove. Newman provide the academic content, delivered by experienced sport and physical education teachers. Newman work closely alongside the practical activity providers to ensure continuity between the classroom and outdoor based learning.

Lagoon Watersports

Lagoon Watersports are Brighton and Hove’s premium watersport’s training provider with over 25 years of experience in delivering multi-acivity and watersports training. Based on Hove seafront, and just a 10 minute cycle from Newman College, it is the perfect environment to learn watersports from complete beginners, up to seasoned professionals. As part of the course, students gain access to a free membership giving them the opportunity to practice their skills throughout the summer holidays.

Trek Co

TrekCo are based in Lewes, and provide the land based activities for the BTEC course. They have been running outdoor pursuits since 1989, and are the largest provider of outdoor activities in the region with over 40 instructors. We specialise in outdoor educational days and residentials – offering year group camps, induction courses, activity days and skills courses.

Course Structure

Key Information

  • 12 Academic units equivalent to 3 A levels – 8 Mandatory Units
  • 4 optional units
  • 4 practical water-based activities
  • 4 practical land based activities
  • Delivered through academic and practical settings
  • All Coursework based assessments with no exams!

Academic Content

The following units make up the 2 year course. The units are all assessed by Newman college through coursework based assignments. For some units, practical based presentations and performance will influences the overall grading of the module.

Mandatory Units

  • Careers in the sport and leisure industry
  • Health & wellbeing in sport
  • Personal skills development in outdoor activities – Applied leadership and instructing in
  • Outdoor ActivitiesResearch project in Sport
  • Health and Safety factors in Outdoor Learning
  • Outdoor Activity provision
  • Impacts & Sustainability of Outdoor Activities

Optional Units

  • Self employment in Sport
  • Nutrition for physical performance
  • Anatomy and physiology in sport
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Influence of technology in sport
  • Ethical and current issues in sport
  • Organising events in sport and physical activities

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Practical Qualifications

National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme

  • Level 1 Award
  • Level 2 Award

Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme

  • MIAS G.E.A.R.S Award

Grand National Archery Society

  • Junior Instructor

RYA Qualifications 

  • RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 1
  • RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 2
  • RYA Keelboatl Level 2
  • RYA Dinghy Assistant Instructor RYA Start Windsurf
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurf
  • RYA Assistant Instructor or  RYA Start Windsurf Instructor
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA First Aid

BSUPA – Stand Up Paddleboarding

  • Ready To Ride
  • Ready to Surf
  • BSUPA Level 1 Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor

BWSW – Wakeboarding

  • BWSW Bronze Award
  • BWSW Silver Award
  • BWSW Gold Award
  • BWSW Straight Line Cable Operator’s License
  • BWSW Level 1 Wakeboard Coach

What the Students Say

“I have really enjoyed this course because I have been able to try new and exciting sports and develop new hobbies alongside my sixth form studies. I’m looking forward to graduating and taking my experience abroad to continue my career as an instructor for my gap year before UNI”

Asha Lang (2nd year student)

What the Students Say

“The course have beaten my expectations massively. I have learnt so much more than I expected and it’s amazing. The instructors have shown us all the different opportunities we can have through water sports and doing this course.”

Maia Hussain

What the Students Say

“My favourite sport is defiantly wakeboarding, I just absolutely love it. I’m really happy now we have actually started driving the cables, ever since I was a little kid I wanted to be an instructor and everything is coming into place its just absolutely ideal”

Jude Black

What the Students Say

Before this course I was expecting to do a BTEC with a lot of coursework and very little time for practical, but I was startled by how fun this course is. To do watersports for two days a week and get an extended diploma in BTEC Sport it is just amazing. After this course I will be moving to France where I am hoping to get a job as a wakeboard cable driver, as well as using my diploma in a three year university course in sports management.

The course has so many opportunities and fun qualifications to get. As a watersports fan I highly recommend the course for anyone who loves water and having fun while getting recognised qualifications.

Seb Beale

What the Students Say

“This BTEC course has been so valuable to me because it has improved my social skills, built my confidence and I have made some awesome friends. I am really excited to expand my watersports career into the yachting industry.”

Otis Salter

Course Timetable

The timetable is a 50 / 50 split between the academic and practical settings.

The timetable is designed to be as easy and as user friendly as possible for the students with minimal travel between college and activity centres.

Students will always do a full day at either venue. Below is a guide as to how the timetable pans out for the students.

Course Entry Requirements

  • Ages 16 – 18
  • 5 GCSEs, grade 4 and above, including maths & English
  • No previous watersports experience required
  • Passion for watersports and outdoor adventure

How to Apply

1) Head to 2) Click on ‘start new application’ 3) Fill out all your personal details and click ‘next’ 4) Select the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Outdoor Education 5) Submit your application.

Open to Ages 16 – 18

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