Outdoor Adventure Diploma

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 3 Sports & Fitness

If you dream of working in the great outdoors and want your office to be the beach, the rolling countryside or the sea, then a career in outdoor sport is ideal for you. Our diplomas will teach you a wide range of topics giving you in-depth knowledge and understanding of the outdoor sport and active leisure sector.

We offer two options for you to start your career in outdoor sport depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected with the option to progress to Level 3.

Our courses will put you on the road to a great future; we have developed our qualifications in partnership with industry professionals to ensure the knowledge you gain is not only relevant and current, but will set you apart in the workplace. Whether an elite athlete, sports enthusiast or potential inspirational coach, we can take your sporting journey to the next level with our range of qualifications and training. We’ve got commercial gyms, sports pitches and fantastic training partnerships including with Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

One of our students has gone on to an exciting career within adventure sports, read more here.


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Ideal if:

you have an interest in outdoor education and wish to develop your academic knowledge of the outdoor sector alongside your adventurous sports technical and coaching skills. If you would like to become employable and go straight into work at an approved outdoor centre in the UK or France, this course is for you.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4, including English and/or maths, and ideally science, or a sport diploma Level 2 at merit grade.

You’ll learn:

During the course you will study topics including principles and practices in outdoor adventure, skills for land- and water-based activities, anatomy and physiology, water- and land-based leadership, and outdoor and adventurous expeditions.

Practical activities include kayaking, mountain biking, hill walking, canoeing, surfing, coasteering, orienteering, problem solving and climbing.

Plus you will have the opportunity to complete a number of additional qualifications such as BCU Paddlesport, BCU FSRT, British Canoeing Discovery and Explore Award and National Navigation Award.


Nestled in the Cornish countryside and surrounded by fields and hills, this is the perfect environment to study outdoors. You will have access to facilities including a 10-metre climbing tower, rolling fields for orienteering and walking, use of an onsite lake for watersports and trips to the coast.

You’ll love:

The balance of theory and practice, working with specialist staff in specialist facilities and the opportunities to play in our sports teams.

You'll also have access to a wide range of outdoor facilities and locations.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our FdSc Sport Health & Fitness with possible progression on to our BSc (Hons) Sport, Health & Exercise Science (top-up).

Employment in the industry.

Careers in this industry 

- Outdoor instructor
- Outdoor centre manager
- PE teacher
- Expedition leader
- Climbing wall instructor
- Resort group leader

Progression Courses


Sports & Fitness
Sports & Fitness


Outdoor Adventure Diploma

Start Date

September 2020


Stoke Climsland


2 years


Jordan Harper Outdoor Adventure Extended Diploma

"Duchy is one of the only colleges that offers the Sport Outdoor Adventure Diploma with water activities as well as inland ones, most college only offer one of the other, a day here could include anything from kayaking to climbing. When I leave I plan on going to work in an activity centre to get some leadership under my belt and then come back to get more qualifications and eventually become a lecturer."


*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.