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Apprenticeship training course

Outdoor learning specialist (level 5)

Design, planning and delivery of programmes that provide learning and change using outdoor activities and experiences.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Outdoor Development Trainer
  • Outdoor Education Teacher
  • Outdoor Educator
  • Outdoor Learning Course Director
  • Outdoor Programme Tutor
  • Senior Field Studies Tutor
  • Senior Outdoor Instructor/Coach
  • Senior/Lead/Area Ranger
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Use questions, observations, discussions, surveys and active listening to identify the programme needs and expectations of customers, participants and stakeholders.
  • Plan a purposeful sequence of outdoor learning activities and experiences matched to an agreed Theory of Change.
  • Comply with relevant legislation and codes of practice related to the safe delivery of learning experiences in the outdoor and indoor environments in which they work.
  • Make programme design and delivery decisions based on the pedagogy/andragogy of the chosen approaches to outdoor learning used by their organisation.
  • Produce risk-benefit assessments for outdoor learning programmes.
  • Supervise, motivate and work alongside the delivery team allocated to an outdoor learning programme, taking into account available resources, participant needs, individual and organisational approach, programme budget, intended outcomes and desired long-term impact.
  • Lead differentiated outdoor learning activities and experiences to meet the needs and capabilities of individual participants within the group using appropriate resources and techniques.
  • Instruct others in how to participate in activities correctly and safely and vary the content, tempo and direction of the activities to enable all participants to contribute to and benefit from the experience.
  • Make decisions informed by data such as by observations, experience, reflection in-action (in the moment), reflection on-action-in-context (during the experience), reflection on-action (post experience) and professional judgement.
  • Deal with a dynamic change in group, equipment, or environmental conditions using an appropriate problem solving, recovery, rescue or emergency response.
  • Create the conditions for participant engagement and achievement whilst supporting equality and diversity and inclusion.
  • Use a relevant approach such as instruction, teaching, coaching and mentoring approaches to assist participants to meet the intended outcomes of a session and programme.
  • Use relevant approaches to outdoor learning; theories of human and social development; psychological models; and neuroscience to support participants to achieve the intended outcomes of a programme.
  • Use the rules of assessment evidence to determine participant progress towards intended outcomes and provide appropriate feedback in terms of its timing, frequency, content and delivery that promotes further learning.
  • Use digital technologies to support the delivery of outdoor learning sessions and enable participants to engage with technology to achieve the intended outcomes of a programme.
  • Plan and lead programmes and activities that are sustainable, minimise impact and connect participants with their environment.
  • Care for, conserve and enhance the environment in which they work.
  • Use research data and evaluation of own experience to: plan and lead evidence informed outdoor learning experiences; and communicate the value of an outdoor learning programme
  • Use data gathered on outputs, outcomes and impacts of outdoor learning programmes to quality assure programme and organisational improvements in the short, medium and longer term.
  • Engage and communicate confidently, clearly and considerately with individuals, small groups and larger groups.
  • Lead meetings, deliver presentations and write short reports .
  • Use reflective practice in their work.
  • Recognise own values, beliefs, strengths, areas of development and set future goals in line with own and the organisations objectives.

Full information on Outdoor learning specialist (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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