Located in Dolgellau, the students are spoiled for choice with regards where they can undertake their practical studies and outdoor activities! Many of Snowdonia National Park iconic natural features are located within 10 mile radius of the college, so students can do mountain walking on Cader Idris, kayaking down the tidal Mawddach estuary, Mountain Biking through manmade Coed y Brenin or have a low level walk along the New Precipice trail. This makes Dolgellau a unique, special and exhilarating place to study for a Level 3 Sports and Outdoor Activities qualification.
The course is suitable if you are into your sport such as football, netball, rugby or Outdoor Activities. As you can see from the title it covers both career pathways! So, for example within your Health and Safety assignments you can either investigate the local Outdoor Leisure Centre - Glan Wnion or a local Outdoor Activities provider such as Glan Llyn.
The course has a strong links with Glan Llyn, the Urdd National Outdoor Activity Centre. One of the biggest outdoor centres in Wales. Students will have two residential’s at the centre every year, one dedicated to Water Sports while the other includes Land Based activities. Other specialist professionals come into college on a regular basis, where they lead practical days, taking advantage of local attractions such as Barmouth Slabs for rock climbing and Afon Wnion for gorge walking.
The pinnacle of year two is a 5 day expedition in Wales, planed, designed and undertaken by the students. A very popular one has been the Brecon to Cardiff Bay challenge. A gruelling 55 mile walk through spectacular Brecon Beacons, following the iconic Taff’s Trail through the South Wales valley’s down passing National land marks such as Aberfan to the serine Cardiff Bay.
Students have two weeks work experience during the first year. They can either choose a Sports Facility or an Outdoor Activities Centre. Past students have gone for example to local Leisure Centres if they are keen sports students or if they want an outdoor activity experience they have visited a number of local Outdoor Activities Centres.
What else after the course? Students often take three career pathways after the BTEC course, namely:
- Higher Education course at a variety of Universities such as Cardiff, Bangor etc.
- Foundation Degree at Dolgellau, which validated by Bangor University. Then top this up with a year at Bangor to a full degree.
- Or take a one or two year apprenticeship scheme at a local outdoor centre. Many have followed this route at Glan Llyn.
They may also apply for local employment.