Outdoor Adventure - Sport and Fitness SCQF level 5 NC

What is special about this course?

Do you have a sense of adventure that you’d like to share with others by pursuing a career in the great outdoors? Do you love spending time outdoors and the thrill of challenging activities?

This course is aimed at improving your personal competence in a range of outdoor adventure activities based in a world class location. It will help you to gain essential practical experience and accelerate your learning in challenging environments. You will receive tuition from highly skilled and active adventure-sector practitioners who will guide you on your way in developing sound skills and experience in mountainous, river and sea environments. It will prepare you well for a career in the outdoors by giving you the experience required to begin climbing the National Governing Body qualification ladders, as well as a foundation for further academic study.

Core Skills are an integral part of the course and you will study ICT, Numeracy and Communication. These will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying and will enable you to move on with confidence to your next educational step or place of employment.

Entry requirements

Level 5:
Students must be 16 years of age at the start of the course.

Applicants should have at least 3 Standard Grades at credit/general level or 3 National 4s or above or equivalent combination of both; a passion for the outdoors (mountain and water environments); a good level of fitness and the ability to swim at least 50 metres. 50 % of the course is practical. if you do not meet our academic entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for entry to this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. All candidates will attend an interview.

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness and exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Paddle-sports and team work
  • Mountain sports and leadership
  • Conservation and volunteering
  • Mountain biking
  • Core Skills: Numeracy, Communication and ICT

You will also have the opportunity to
obtain awards including:

  • UKCC Level 1 Coach (canoeing and kayaking)
  • First Aid
  • John Muir Discovery Award
  • National Indoor Climbing Wall Achievement Scheme
  • BCU 2 Star Paddle Sport Award
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (BCU FSRT)
  • Go Mountain Bike Award
  • NNAS Bronze and Silver Award

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

50% classroom based and 50%  practical.

How long will my course last?

34 Week

3 days per week throughout the academic year.

Where can I study my course?

    • Broadford

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you’ve completed your course, you might like to consider our Certificate in Outdoor Leadership in Fort William, or similar course at SCQF level 6. You could also go straight into employment with your new practical qualification.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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