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Certificate of Higher Education (Outdoor Activity)

Writtle University College
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Postgraduate Education
2 semesters
Full time
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Course description

Certificate of Higher Education (Outdoor Activity)

As society becomes more affluent and time becomes more available, more and more individuals will be taking to the outdoors to enjoy its many charms. Empowering everybody with the skills to experience the outdoors safely is the privilege of those employed in the many facets of the outdoor industry.

The Certificate of Higher Education (Outdoor Activity) provides a balance of vocational experience and academic study that equips students with a foundation of practical training as an outdoor instructor to enable them to undertake a career in the outdoor activity/adventure industry.

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • UCAS Tariff Points: 48
  • GCE A Levels: 848 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
  • Irish Certificate: 48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher
  • Scottish Highers: 48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma: MP
  • GCSEs: All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Who is the Course for?

The decision between further study and work is always a complex and difficult one to make .

The Certificate of Higher Education (Outdoor Activity) is aimed at those who wish to keep their academic options alive whilst also maximising their chances of a career in the outdoor industry.

Training Course Content

Stage One

Semester 1

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Skills for the Sport Industry
  • Coaching in Practice
  • Introduction to Psychology

Semester 2

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Analysis of Human Movement and Performance
  • Working in Outdoor Activity

Course delivery details

Learning & Teaching Methods

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision. The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Coaching sessions in the field
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • Coursework

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2021 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted


Home Students


  • £9,250


  • £1,156 per 15 credit module
  • £2,312 per 30 credit module

International Students (Including EU students)


  • £12,450

Continuing Studies

Employment opportunities in this ever increasing industry would include direct seasonal employment with Essex Outdoors or any similar business spread throughout the country if the student was not local to Essex.

Students could top up their Cert HE by entering the second year of Sport Science with outdoor activity or Sport and Exercise Performance BSc and increase their opportunities to include such careers as:

  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Sports Lecturers
  • Coaches
  • Personal Trainers
  • or enter Post-graduate study

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Writtle University College

Writtle University College offers a range of land-based, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships. We also provide students with the options of being able to study certain...

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Writtle University College, Lordship Road
CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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