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Sport (Leisure Management) - Bedford

Bedford College Group
2 years
Diploma / certificate
On campus
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Program description

This programme is aimed at anyone with an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, sport, exercise and health, coaching, teaching, sports management, sports marketing or development. All modules integrate theory and practice using the experience gained from involvement in outdoor adventure and sport.

The aim of this course is to provide you with the necessary specialist knowledge required to use sport and outdoor equipment, develop the knowledge and skills to coach outdoor adventurous activities and to demonstrate the required professionalism to work within the sport and outdoor adventure industry. You will also gain a diverse range of subject specific knowledge from specialist units selected to offer a broad understanding of the outdoor adventure, sport and leisure industry.

BTEC HND Diploma in Sport (Leisure Management)


Outdoor First Aid
UKCC Level 1 or 2 Paddlesports Coach
RYA Sailing Dinghy Instructor
MLTE Climbing Wall Award
(These are all non-compulsory and incur an extra cost to be discussed at interview.)

On completing the HND you will be able to apply through UCAS for direct entry on to the second or third year of a degree programme, or seek employment within the outdoor adventure, sport and leisure industry.

Roles in the outdoor adventure industry often start with working as a seasonal instructor at an outdoor centre or on an activity holiday, followed by a move up the ladder to a full-time instructor, a senior instructor and, finally, managing an entire centre.

In the private sector, there are some opportunities to move into overseeing several centres or working at a head office.

In the public sector, promotion usually means moving into more senior administrative work in leisure services or education. Some administrative posts are also available with national governing bodies (NGBs) and sports councils.

Progression within outdoor activities could mean setting up your own business, perhaps concentrating on newer markets for leisure and corporate clients. It is not unusual for such businesses to avoid the liability of owning a centre and to hire venues to deliver their services from. Freelance work is also possible, focusing on advising or training providers. The industry has a relatively high number of freelance instructors working for a range of different centres.

There are some opportunities to teach outdoor pursuits in urban areas, where indoor facilities are available for climbing, canoeing and skiing and local canals or urban lakes can be used for outdoor activities. Involvement in this type of provision can be a way into leisure management in its broadest sense.

A move into further or higher education lecturing or school teaching is possible for those with appropriate qualifications. Outside the broad field of education, other opportunities exist in specialist outdoor equipment manufacture and retail, as well as in visitor and countryside centres.

Large organisations in the private sector provide opportunities to work abroad (especially in the USA and Australia). Outdoor education is sometimes called experiential education in the USA.

This course will help you gain the knowledge and skills required for a management role in the sports and leisure industry. It will enable you to make effective contributions in the private, public and voluntary sectors with the expertise required by communities, providers and performers.

The practical programme will be designed to develop higher-level skills in activities alongside developing coaching and leadership skills in delivery. The focus will be on Sailing, Climbing, Kayaking and Canoeing but other areas will also be introduced.

Shuttleworth College run a careers and work placement event each year attended by employers such PGL, Rockley and UKSA, and local providers such as Grafham Water Centre, Fairland’s Valley Outdoor Centre and Big Rock Climbing.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Bedford College Group

Bedford and Tresham colleges formally merged on August 1st 2017 to form The Bedford College Group. The Bedford College Group includes Cauldwell Street campus, Shuttleworth College, The Bedford Sixth Form, as well as Tresham’s Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough campuses and...

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