Outdoor Adventure

Working in the outdoor adventure sports industry means you'll always be part of a huge team effort – whether it's providing activities such as raft-building, kayaking and mountain biking to school and youth groups, working in corporate training or as a sports development officer.

You'll be able to specialise in subjects including water and land-based outdoor and adventurous activities, expeditions, sports coaching, training and fitness.

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Why choose us?


Fantastic facilities & parkland

Shuttleworth College has beautiful, spacious surroundings in which you can develop your outdoor education skills. You will be involved in a rotation of practical activities on a weekly basis, which will include kayaking, canoeing, orienteering, climbing, archery and sailing. Other sport facilities we offer you include a sports hall, gym, squash and tennis courts and outdoor sports pitches for football, rugby and cricket.

You will have to be fit, highly motivated and confident, as the working environment can be physically challenging, and your role will require you to take responsibility for the safety and welfare of those you are teaching. These kinds of jobs will call for you to enjoy working with people, be level-headed and have good communication skills, too.

The courses will help you to develop the skills needed within the industry, as well as offering a range of qualifications that will help you progress your career by gaining employment or moving on to higher education. You will also benefit from the strong industry links the College has with a wide range of outdoor activity providers, which enable us to offer you a diverse selection of work placements both in the UK and across Europe. Completing one of these qualifications really could be your passport to see the rest of the world!


Expert tutors

Our lecturers and instructors have a wide range of experience as instructors, coaches, teachers and outdoor practitioners. Our knowledge, experience and passion for the outdoors gives an extra dimension to the theory based and practical sessions along with providing you relevant guidance on potential career options.


Work experience

As part of your Level 2 course you will have the opportunity to work at an outdoor centre for a two week placement. This will introduce you to the industry and enable you to experience how an outdoor centre works and some of the roles available for a career in the industry.

As part of the second year of the Level 3 course you will spend a full term work placement either in the UK or abroad, developing your skills and furthering your career prospects. In addition, we strongly encourage you to undertake relevant work in the summer or at weekends and we organise a large event each November for companies to attend and interview you for potential jobs and work experience.


Student destinations

50% of our Outdoor Adventure students go straight into employment or an apprenticeship, while 27% go on to study at degree-level here at Bedford College or at colleges and universities such as University of Bedfordshire, University of Chichester and University of Northampton.

Source: Bedford College FE Student Destinations 2015-16


Trips & visits

As an outdoor education student you will undertake a range of practical activities during weekly sessions which complement the overnight induction camp during the first week of College. Practical sessions include a five day multi-activity trip to Scotland or Wales, the opportunity to enjoy a winter sports trip to Italy and to design your own multi day expedition. In previous years expedition groups have cycled from London to Paris, canoed down the 'Great Glen Way' climbed in Cheddar Gorge and mountain biked and hiked through the Brecon Beacons. Watch some of our videos below...

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