What is special about this course?
This entry level course is designed to give people a grounding in a whole range of outdoor activities to prepare them for progression into outdoor education and leadership. It's highly practical in content and perfect for people who love the outdoors. The course follows seasonal specialist activities and you'll get the chance to build your knowledge and confidence in kayaking, canoeing, gorge walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, orienteering and skiing.
Activities take place in the Highlands including Cairngorms National Park, Glen Affric, the Fannichs, Ben Nevis, Ben Wyvis, the Black Isle, the Moray Coast and on long-distance paths including the Great Glen Way and Speyside Way.
Students also have the opportunity to set, plan and undertake an expedition of their choice. Previous examples have included cycling the Speyside Way, crossing Scotland by canoe, and remote hiking/camping adventures.
An international ski trip in Europe takes place January (optional).
During the second semester, you will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills in an activity of your choice.
You will also work closely with students undertaking our BA (Hons) Outdoor Education and Learning degree, giving you the opportunity to gain an insight into further study. Throughout the course, you will be building log book experience which is a prerequisite for National Governing Body Qualifications e.g. British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Award or British Canoe Kayaking Star Awards.
Students can also undertake/continue the Duke of Edinburgh Award or Saltire Volunteering Award.
Inverness College UHI works closely with Highlife Highland and there are opportunities for students with National Governing Body Qualifications to can gain holiday employment or shadow outdoor instructors to work towards those qualifications.
- Your commitment to outdoor activities should be evident from your personal statement.
- Three Standards Grades at 3 or above, or three National 4s at a pass is desirable.
- You might be asked to attend an interview.
This course focuses on practical activities on land and water, including;
- water based activities - kayaking, canoeing, coasteering and gorge walking;
- land based activities - mountain biking, rock climbing, hill-walking and orienteering;
- camp craft and expeditioning - planning journeys, setting a camp, meal planning, leadership, team working;
- winter based activities - building snow shelters, alpine skiing, winter walking;
- anatomy and physiology;
- nutrition and diet;
- fitness training.
The course also includes core skills contextualised to your outdoor learning:
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
- Part Time
Face to face.
How long will my course last?
Where can I study my course?
- Inverness Campus
For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Students who successfully complete this course can progress onto SCQF Level 6 Sport Studies, where you can specialise in outdoor leadership. From there, you can also progress on to our BA (Hons) in Outdoor Education and Learning. Throughout your studies, you will be building log book experience which is a prerequisite for National Governing Body Qualifications.
Is there more information available online?
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