Outdoor Leadership

West Highland College UHI


Fort William Campus


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.

You have the added bonus of studying at a college that is home to the fastest growing School of Adventure Studies in the UK. Come and experience the thrill of outdoor sports in the Outdoor Adventure Capital of Scotland.

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, or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. You will be asked to interview.

Progression Routes

Relevant degree programme.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

34 weeks


Business and Leisure

SCQF Level