Sport and Recreation (Introduction to Outdoor Activity)


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This course covers the main practical activities involved in carrying out a supporting role in the outdoor adventure industry. It will provide a foundation of skills and qualifications to take the first step in this exciting and expanding sector.

Weather permitting, you may have a chance to try a number of the following activities canyoning, mountain biking, canoeing, mountain walking, sea kayaking, climbing, ropes courses and raft building. You will also have the chance to achieve:

  • Paddle Start Award (beginner) and Paddle Discover (next level)
  • First Aid
  • John Muir Discovery Award

Level SCQF 4

Delivery Face to Face


Location Fort William or Portree

Duration 1 Year


Course content...

  • Assist with Activity Sessions
  • Dealing with Facilities and Equipment
  • Dealing with Accidents and Emergencies
  • Personal Fitness
  • Skills for Employment

The practical aspects of the course involve getting out on activities and possibly doing work experience with outdoor activity providers.

You will be assessed by a mixture of written and practical work and your final assessment will involve you acting as the instructor and assisting in outdoor activities.

What next...

After you leave school, there is a range of full-time college courses offered by the School of Adventure Studies at UHI West Highland which progress to degree level.  You could directly apply for the Certificate in Outdoor Adventure, but later you may consider other courses if you have gained the relevant entry requirements.




Entry requirements...

You should be working towards National 4 level, have an interest in Outdoor Activities and have a satisfactory reference.

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Student Profiles

"We learn new things like kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and First Aid.

I definitely enjoy it. It’s very practical without lots of writing in it. We learn a lot watching videos and using photos.

We learn good life skills. We have to plan route cards so we need to think and problem solve in order to be safe. We do map reading and navigation and learn how to do this, independent from technology".

Ryan Scott, Liam McKinney

Students Ryan Scott and Liam Mckinney