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Level 1 Diploma in Protective Services & Outdoor Education

  • LEVEL 1

Course Overview

The L1 Diploma gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills in the Protective Services and Outdoor Education sectors and supports progression on to further study. Students enrolled on this course will study core units and then a range of subject specific units which will provide students with opportunities to learn from their peers & practice their skills in a sporting environment.

The course is an introductory programme aimed to give an oversight into these different areas of Protective Services and Outdoor Education and is designed to provide a broad foundation of skills and knowledge across a range of modules. It will involve a mixture of practical and theory modules and is assessed via a range of methods including projects, practical demonstrations, and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities, and demands.

Why BCA?
At BCA we have:

98% pass rate on all Protective Service and Outdoor Education programmes
95% of our students progress into positive destinations
88% of our students achieve on or above their target grades
Excellent links with local employers and industry experts
All of our staff have extensive industry experience and qualifications
Outstanding facilities

Course Code


End Date

Fri, 04 Jul 2025

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 2 or above, including English GCSE at Grade 3.

Learners must demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment for their chosen study pr...

Course information

Units studied may include:

Being organised
Developing a personal progression plan
Responding to an incident
Planning & navigating routes
Taking part in sport & adventurous activities
Carrying out secutiry searches
Contributing to your community
The study programme will also include English and Maths GCSEs and a tutorial programme.

1 year

You will learn in dedicated classrooms equipped with interactive learning technology, with access to high quality facilities including a full sized Sports Hall, a fully equipped fitness centre and a separate strength and conditioning facility.

We also have a range of outdoor facilities, including four full-sized football pitches, high/low ropes, archery range, and a bouldering room.

You will also learn through a range of relevant trips, visits and guest lectures.

You will learn through a variety of theory and practical sessions and be assessed via a range of methods including: Presentations, written reports, practical observations, discussions, debates, and projects.

Level 1 Introductory Diploma

You will complete a week of internal experience aimed at improving your employability skills.

Progression routes include the Level 2 Diploma in Protective Services or Outdoor Education. Progression could also be directly into the sports industry via employment or a Level 2 Apprenticeship.

Level 1

This is a fast-paced course which encompasses the core values of the Protective Services, preparing you for application and selection in the sector. The course makes full use of the excellent facilities:

Modern fleet of boats including racing kayaks
Modern classrooms, fully equipped with IT support
4 full-size football pitches
A state of the art sports hall, incorporating 4 badminton courts, a full-sized basketball court and cricket nets
Indoor and outdoor climbing facilities
High & low rope courses
Archery range
A fully-equipped fitness centre and a separate strength and conditioning facility

Uniform and PPE: All Protective Service and Outdoor Education students will be required to purchase the compulsory BCA kit, which is appropriate to their programme. We try to keep all compulsory kit bundles to a minimum cost and then give the option for you to purchase additional items. Clean, practical kit must be brought in every day.

You can place your kit order online and select the Protective Services option. You will have to register and create an account before ordering. Please refer to the size guide and ensure that the sizes you order are correct. Once the kit has been personalised with the BCA logo, refunds/exchanges will not be permitted.

Returning students are very welcome to order another complete bundle, however, you will already have some kit from last year, so you may decide just to order a few additional items. Please email Nicky Cornelius, Curriculum Assistant for the specific link to order individual items.

Stationary: All students will be required to bring appropriate stationery and a notebook to all lessons. We advise students to purchase a ring binder folder to keep class notes and resources in, for future reference. BCA do not supply pens, pencils, rulers or notepads. All students will be required to bring their own set of headphones for blended learning sessions. The headphones do not need to be expensive but must be P.C. compatible.