Sport and Recreation (Introduction to Outdoor Activity)
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
- 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.
After you leave school, there is a range of full-time college courses offered by the School of Adventure Studies at West Highland College UHI 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.
You should be working towards National 4 level, have an interest in Outdoor Activities and have a satisfactory reference.