This course is the first step to becoming an outdoor instructor or working in the outdoor and adventurous industry. Throughout the year you will improve your knowledge of the outdoor industry and begin to enhance your skills in becoming an outdoor practitioner. Within the course you will gain an understanding of how the body systems work and respond to exercise, you will also design and undertake a training programme to improve your fitness. The course will also involve you developing skills in a range of land and water-based outdoor and adventurous activities, such as climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing and sailing. The First Diploma is an ideal stepping stone for progressing to the Extended Diploma course or gaining an apprenticeship within the industry.
This course is designed to build confidence, gain further knowledge and skill in a variety of outdoor and adventurous sports. Across the year approximately 12 units will be covered throughout the academic year covering various outdoor sports related topics such as:
• Fitness Testing and Training
• Anatomy and Physiology for Sport
• Skills for Land and Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
• Outdoor Expeditions
Each unit of work will be assessed by assignments, presentations and practical assessments with two units being externally assessed exams. A programme of set assignments will be issued at the start of the course, so students can plan their workload accordingly. Assignments are theoretical and practical in nature and the grades awarded for each will go towards the student’s final grade.
A range of 3/2 or D-E grades at GCSE.