Outdoor Leadership (Level 6)

UHI North, West and Hebrides


Fort William Campus


Do you enjoy spending time outdoors and love the exhilaration and challenge of taking part in outdoor adventure activities? Do you also have a desire to turn your hobby into a career? If you've answered 'yes' to both then this Advanced Outdoor Leadership course is certainly for you.

You will cover many different activities – from paddle sports and mountain biking to rock climbing - during your course, learning everything you need to know to be a professional activity instructor.

The course contains a number of theoretical (SQA units) and practical elements (National Governing Body Awards).

There is also a work experience placement from April to early June (8 weeks) with opportunities to gain a placement with major adventure companies, including the possibility of an international placement with UK organisations. Your exact placement will depend on your achievement of awards. Students may have the opportunity of a paid work placement overseas.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 5 or NQ Outdoor Adventure (Level 5), or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Entry is subject to interview. You must have a passion for the outdoors (mountain and water environments) and a good level of fitness.

Students must be 18 years of age by the 1st April in their year of study in order to take up an industry work placement.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Relevant degree level study or employment

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

26 weeks


Business, Leisure and Tourism

SCQF Level