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Outdoor Sport Leadership, Level 2 Diploma

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    Easton College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


Whether you want to become a paddlesport coach, surfing instructor or have an interest in mountain biking, climbing or bushcraft, our outdoor leadership courses could be for you! They're delivered at our Easton College campus set in 200ha of Norfolk countryside.

Our outdoor leadership courses are designed to ensure you get practical hands on experience by giving you an adventure of a lifetime.

With specialist equipment and access to Norfolk's stunning waterways, woodland landscapes and east coast surf, you will be able to experiment with a variety of water and adventure sports such as paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing and mountain biking.

Learn practical outdoor adventure skills and coaching with superb professional instructors. This course is based at Easton College, ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in the outdoor industry such as coaching, leadership, instructors as well as many other professions. Outdoor adventure is the fastest growing industry in sport and now features in every school curriculum.

The course will provide you with hands on experience of coaching school groups and operating an outdoor adventure centre as well as the technical skills in canoeing, kayaking, hill walking, mountain biking, bushcraft and rock climbing. The Level 2 units include Units such as Outdoor and adventurous activities and leading an outdoor activity session.

You will gain practical qualifications alongside course units which may include British Canoeing awards and activity experience such as sailing. For further information on the activities you could get up to on the course check Outdoor Leadership CCN Instagram page. For example how to boil water in a paper bag, one match fire and how to fit a harness.

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's at grade 3 including English Language and maths. You will also need to be able to swim 200m in 5minutes due to the nature of the course and preparing for industry. A swim test will be arranged as part of your taster day.

For internally progressing students, you will require a BTEC Level 1 Diploma at Merit and Functional Skills level 1 in Maths and English or equivalent. You will also need to be able to swim 200m in 5minutes due to the nature of the course and preparing for industry.

You should be prepared to participate in the physical and practical elements of the course which may include warm up activities, team sports, adventurous activities such as canoeing and fitness assessments.

In addition to your main programme, you will study English and Maths. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study either Functional Skills or GCSEs English and Maths. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.


You will be assessed through a variety of methods for a range of internally assessed mandatory and optional units. Assessment methods could include assignments, research projects, practical demonstrations, practical instruction and presentations.


After successfully completing the course at Merit level or above, with required English and/ or maths progress, you could progress onto the Level 3 Outdoor Leadership course. This will also be based on a good assessment, behaviour and attendance record.

Career Progression

The outdoor industries sector is due to increasing interest in outdoor sports, activity holidays and experiences. In addition to this Outdoor Adventure now features on the school curriculum as part of PE at Key Stages 2, 3, and 4. This means that there are more jobs for outdoor experts who are able to teach others. Your chances of finding work are better if you have skills and qualifications in more than one activity.

For further information check the National Careers Service website for;
Outdoor Activities Instructor


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over fees may be payable.

As this is outdoor adventure course you will be expected to have your own equipment and kit such as a wetsuit and suitable outdoor clothing. This can be purchased via the College at discounted prices and will cost in the region of £150.

If you already have some of your own kit, and as long as the course leader is happy with its suitability, you will be able to use your own.

In addition there may be other costs for some qualifications and trips. If you are over 19 years additional costs will also apply.

Financial support could be available depending on your circumstances.

Please check our Finance pages for fee information and any financial help that may be available.

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