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.
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.
You will also have the opportunity to
obtain awards including:
50% classroom based and 50% practical.
3 days per week throughout the academic year.
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.
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.