Maritime Advanced Programme

Course price
2 years
UCAS points
Employment / university

Year 1&2 NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity Outdoor Pathway

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

UKSA’s 2-Maritime Advanced Programme provides in-depth knowledge of the sports and outdoor industries. Students actively participate in practical and classroom-based session where they learn about the principles and practices of the outdoor adventurous industry, environmental impact and sustainability, personal and professional development and career planning, plus many more, which are covered during the course.

On completion you will be ready to work within the vast sectors of sport and outdoor industries or train further to enter into higher education at degree level (through accumulated UCAS points) which will be required to study the Foundation degree as part of the Superyacht Cadetship pathway.

Who is this Maritime Advanced 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 5 x Grade 4 and above GCSEs including English and Maths
  • An interest in outdoor education, maritime industry or watersports
  • Successful interview at UKSA
  • Completion of interview day set task


  • 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.

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
  • Sports Coaching
  • Watersports Instructor
  • UKSA Professional Yachtmaster Offshore
  • University – Foundation degrees or Higher National Diploma


Duration of Course

2-year full time course attending UKSA 4 days a week minimum

Attendance is compulsory in all timetabled sessions

Year 1 – Work towards achieving*

  • NCFE Level 3 diploma in Outdoor Sports (6 units)
  • RYA First Aid
  • Start Yachting
  • RYA Safe and Fun
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Licence
  • PSRC Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course
  • BSUPA Level 1 Instructor (2 days)
  • Work Experience

NCFE Level 3 Units*

  • Principles and practices in outdoor adventure
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Preparing for a Career in Sport
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Environmental Education for Outdoor Adventure

Year 2 – Work towards achieving*

  • NCFE Level 3 diploma in Outdoor Sports (6 units)
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor
  • RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate
  • RYA Safety boat
  • Industry Guidance including CV and interview preparation
  • Industry visits
  • Experience in a variety of different disciplines

NCFE Level 3 Units*

  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  •  Alternative pursuits for outdoor adventure
  •  Work Experience in Sport
  •  Equipment and facilities for outdoor and adventurous activities
  •  Personal and professional development
  •  Impact and sustainability in outdoor adventure


How to apply?

If you are interested in applying for this NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sports and Physical Activity (outdoors), please apply directly through the IW College website as detailed below: Visit –

You can apply online by clicking the ‘+ Apply Online’ button on the Isle of Wight College Website

Once completed, applications will be processed, an interview date will be sent out by email. All interviews are conducted by UKSA Education Tutors – interviews will be 1:1 and will include the completion of a set task. This will be stated in the letter sent by the Isle of Wight College.

Get free careers advice

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Since I have been here at UKSA, I feel that my attitude has changed and I am feeling energised and positive about my future and am planning a career. What’s more, receiving an award for being an outstanding student in my first year of my BTEC here was amazing – it came as a complete surprise; I was ecstatic and excited.

Dominic Bozianu -Student/BTEC Level 3

Read more