Sport (Outdoor Adventure) Level 3

Key Details

  • Available at
    Bangor, Dolgellau, Rhos-on-Sea
  • Level
  • Study Mode
  • Programme Area
    International, Sport and Outdoor Education
  • Course Length

    2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Bilingual

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Dolgellau
    • Bangor

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like a career in the outdoor education industry or the public services, military or civilian?

Are you looking for a practical route into Higher Education?

This course gives you the equivalent of up to three A Levels. You will also complete work experience, and have the opportunity to achieve a variety of personal qualifications and national governing body awards.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language, and Maths at D or above
  • A relevant Level 2 qualification at Pass
  • Relevant industry experience

You will also require an attendance level of 86% in your previous year of study.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Outdoor activities
  • Group work
  • Classroom-based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment)


  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Portfolios of work
  • Performance and observation


Completion of this course will provide you with various options in employment and education.

You could proceed onto a number of programmes at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including:

  • Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sport Science (Sports Coaching)
  • Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sports Science (Outdoor Recreation)

Alternatively, you may apply to other institutions for Degrees, Foundation Degrees and HNDs in Outdoor subjects, Sports Science, Sports Development, Geography, Nursing, Teacher Training, Business and Computing, to name just a few.

You could also move into employment, either directly or after further study. Previous students have secured roles at sport, leisure or outdoors facilities as instructors, supervisors and managers. Others have been accepted into the Police, the Army and the Royal Marines.

Campus Information Bangor

  • The course uses the amazing Snowdonia National park and surrounding areas as our outdoor classroom.
  • The course is fully equipped with our own resources (bikes, kayaks, canoes, wetsuits, camping equipment etc) allowing us to give a well rounded experience, including kit maintenance skills.- The course is a mixture of theory and practical, delivered by our highly skilled team of instructors who have a wealth of knowledge in the the civilian and military Outdoor Education world.
  • The course uses a range of Outdoor activities as a method of delivering quality practical learning, activities such as Mountaineering, Open boat Canoeing, Rock climbing, Coasteering and many more.
  • Local and UK wide expeditions are run in both years, ranging from the Lake District to Cairngorm National Park.
  • Images and information can be found at our Instagram page (gllm_awyragored_outdoor) and Facebook (Sport Outdoor: Coleg Menai)

Campus Information Rhos-on-Sea

The course uses the Conway Centre, one of the top Outdoor Education centres in the UK, with its own harbour and climbing facilities. You will be based here for one day per week for the entire two years.

There are three 'mini' weekend expeditions for each year. On top of this, in Year 1, there is a one-week expedition to the Peak District and a one-week work placement.

In Year 2, there is a one-week winter expedition to Scotland and then a Final Expedition, which the students themselves must plan.

As part of the course, British Canoeing, RYA, Powerboat, DofE Silver and First Aid qualifications are also achieved by most students.

Images of student activities can be found on our Facebook page here.

Would you like to apply for this course?