• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Travel and Tourism
  • SCQF Level 4


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Intro to the course:

The NPA in Outdoor Activity Tourism is designed to introduce the exciting growing area of activity tourism which represents a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy. It allows you to explore several practical activity tourism activities and to understand what is required to provide these experiences for tourists.

Activity Tourism ranges from activity-based adventure activities involving mountain biking, paddleboarding, and hill climbing, to less physical, but still activity focused breaks of wildlife watching and forest nature trails.

Through exploring a range of enterprises and the activities they provide.  You'll learn about and develop several different skills and experiences which are necessary for employment in the sector. 

SCQF Level 4

Study mode

Start date

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to take their first steps into the industry

What will I study?

  • activity tourism - an introduction 
  • assist with an event
  • basic customer service skills 
  • employability skills for activity tourism 
  • local tourism product knowledge
  • map reading and navigation
  • first aid
  • developing leadership

Next Step Course Options

  • Activity Tourism at SCQF level 5
  • Take off to Cabin Crew and Aviation at SCQF level 5
  • Upgrade to Cabin Crew and Tourism Operations at SCQF level 6
  • Travel and Tourism  at SCQF level 5

How will I be assessed?

Ongoing practical and written assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

This developing sector of the tourism industry offers students the opportunity to discover and experience a range of options available for potential employment. Students will engage in activity tourism pursuits, meet employers and research the skills required for the operation of activity tourism.

  • outdoor learning
  • opportunities to try new experiences
  • growing industry with job opportunities in Scotland and abroad
  • meet new people
  • learn new skills
  • keeps you active

Where can this course lead?

  • activity instructor
  • activity tour guide
  • holiday rep
  • children’s entertainer
  • travel agent specialising in activity tourism holidays

What are the entry requirements?

  • National 3 qualification - preferably communication, numeracy and sport
  • equivalent recognised qualification
  • relevant work experience
  • a good level of personal fitness 
  • ability to work outdoors 

What are the interview arrangements?

Offers made will be based on your application.  Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements will be invited for an individual interview. 

Other information:

Opportunities to work abroad after completion of additional qualifications.

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 28/08/2023 Duration 1 year
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