Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning


At Key Stage 4 there are two pathways for outdoor learning to meet student’s needs, abilities and option timetable requirements. Some students will complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award and others will complete a number of AQA Award Units. The skills and knowledge gained during Key Stage 3 will set students in good stead for either route.



AQA Unit Awards

The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) is a unique recording of achievement scheme, rather than a qualification.  It offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate each time a short unit of learning is successfully completed.


There are no limits on:

  • what can be accredited, as long as it is worthwhile and meaningful for the learner

  • who can achieve, in terms of age or ability

  • how long it takes to achieve or when this takes place

  • how learning can be evidenced.


Flexibility is key with the UAS and over the course of Key Stage 4 learners will have the opportunity to complete several units based on outdoor learning dependent on their ability and interests.



Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award


There are four sections to complete at Bronze level. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills and planning, training for and completing an expedition.


Any young person can do their DofE Award – regardless of ability, gender or background. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.


Through our DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications.


Find out more at: https://www.dofe.org/

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