The outdoor sports sector is a diverse, widespread and growing industry. Getting Active Outdoors, revealed that the climbing, mountaineering and walking sector alone is worth £3.2 billion. Outdoor activity participation is also growing with Sport England (2015) citing a 3% growth with 27.6% of the total active population doing so outdoors. It is an exciting time to be part of the sport and outdoor activities sector.
This 2-year, full-time BTEC programme is based within professional outdoor centres giving our learners a unique, bespoke and true vocational learning experience away from the traditional school/college environment. This qualification will give learners specialist knowledge and technical skills, enabling entry to an Apprenticeship, other employment or progression to related higher-education courses.
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies, most notably the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current industry practice and that it will allow learners to enter employment directly in the outdoor activities sector as a sports leader and/or outdoor activities instructor. The CIMSPA Safeguarding standards are also embedded in the qualification.
Learners will gain the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours required for working in the sports industry. They will develop their leadership and instructing skills so that they can work independently as an outdoor activities instructor, ensuring safe and effective leadership for groups of people taking part in different outdoor activities. Learners will also gain nationally recognised, outdoor specific coaching qualifications and valuable work experience.
LEAD Education will provide a unique balance of practical and theoretical based learning where groups are taught and assessed through classroom lectures, practical sports, group discussions and portfolio/assignment work (no exams on this programme).
As well as gaining the core BTEC qualification learners will have the opportunity to participate in residential trips and adventurous expeditions. Such activities could include time spent in the Lake District, Peak District, Northumberland and Scotland. Other trips may include mountaineering in Morocco or rock climbing/bouldering in France.
Our aim is to manage and develop the next generation of young, keen sports leaders and outdoor adventure instructors. Past learners have secured high level Apprenticeships in the UK and aboard, full time employment and university placements. Check out the LEAD Education case studies page to see what past students have been up to having gained this specialist qualification.