Outdoor Education

Get ready for a rewarding and dynamic career in the great outdoors!

If you have enthusiasm for working with others and are passionate about the outdoors, then a career in the outdoor activities sector could be for you.

On our outdoor education pathway, you will be learning hands-on while developing the knowledge base and experience that employers and universities are looking for. You’ll study a range of theoretical and practical units from the skills needed to inspire and coach in the activities you lead, through to the all-important health and safety factors for keeping participants and yourself safe in the outdoors.

Our programmes have a real emphasis on practical experience and are shaped to fit the needs of the outdoor sector. We offer optional units meaning you’ll be able to specialise in areas relevant to your own interests and career goals.

You will be spending plenty of time outside the classroom, developing your outdoor education skills in the beautiful and spacious surroundings of Merrist Wood College. As well as the natural resources boasted in our 400-acre estate campus, you’ll have access to our on-site sports facilities including our brand-new strength and conditioning suite.

Our qualifications and have been developed with employers and professional bodies, including the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), equipping students with the most current techniques and knowledge to support their progression in the industry, whether that’s gaining employment or moving on to further study.

Outdoor recreation is heralded as the UK's favourite pastime with three out of four adults in England regularly getting active outdoors.

Outdoor activities instructors lead and supervise others in the outdoors, teaching them the skills to safely enjoy a particular sport or activity. Possible specialities include activities such as mountain biking, sailing, hiking, bushcraft and climbing, to name but a few!

It’s more than just instructing in an activity though. You could make a genuine impact on people’s lives, helping them create lasting memories, learn more about themselves, and connect with each other and the environment.

Bradley, Public Services Level 3 The college helps you build the confidence to motivate yourself and work hard. It’s also focused towards finding work after college."
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