Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
1 September 20202 yearsWill Satterly

Love watersports & outdoor education? Complete your further education with UKSA.

If you have a passion for watersports/outdoor education and want an active, adventurous alternative to school or sixth form college, this course is just what you’re looking for.

About the course

Practical outdoor education

UKSA’s 2-year NCFE Level 3 programme provides in-depth knowledge of the sports and outdoor industries. Students actively participate in leading sessions as a coach or instructor. Anatomy, physiology, the effects of nutrition plus principles and practises of the outdoor adventurous industry are covered during the course.

On completion you will be ready to work in employment within the vast sectors of sport and outdoor industries or train further* to enter into higher education at degree level (through accumulated UCAS points).

Who is this NCFE programme for?

This course is funded as part of a full-time 16-18 year old further education (FE) programme.

If you are aged 19+, you may still be eligible for funding; please speak to a course advisor on 01983 203028 for full terms and conditions. If you don’t meet these criteria, case-specific options are available.

For more information call the Student Services team at The Isle of Wight College (01983 526631).


  • Minimum of 3 GCSE’s 9-4 including English and maths
  • An interest in sports, coaching, outdoor education or watersports
  • Successful interview at UKSA


  • UKSA’s careers and employment advice
  • Support with job searches and the recruitment process
  • CV development & covering letters

A number of weeks will be dedicated to work experience on different sites and in unfamiliar environments. This is intended to broaden understanding and experiences while providing opportunities for networking. This desirable qualification offers increased employment prospects worldwide from age 18 years and can be used as an entry point for professional yacht training.

All study programmes for 16-18 year olds at The Isle of Wight College include:

  • Work experience
  • English and maths
  • Non-qualification activity
  • Vocational experience

Job opportunities available for students on completion of the course

  • UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship
  • Superyacht industry
  • Sport Coaching
  • Watersports Instructor
  • UKSA Professional Yachtmaster Offshore
  • University – Foundation degrees or Higher National Diploma


Duration of Course

  • 3 days a week minimum (2-2.5 days theory, 1-1.5 days practical)
  • Attendance is compulsory in all timetabled sessions

Year 1 – Work towards achieving

  • RYA First Aid
  • RYA Safe and Fun (Safeguard Training)
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Licence
  • RYA Marine Short Range Radio Certificate
  • BC Paddleboard Instructor
  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • NCFE Level 3

Year 2 – Work towards achieving

  • RYA Dinghy Instructor
  • RYA Windsurf Instructor
  • NCFE Level 3 Modules

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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