What are our BTEC Level 3 students doing now?

Our BTEC Level 3 offers a vast range of career opportunities on completion. This includes employment and career progression with world leading watersports and outdoor education companies.  Students often progress onto careers within the yachting and superyacht industry, or decide to further their education at university.

Below are some examples of the exciting career pathways our students have followed on completion of the BTEC Level 3 course.

Callum Blackwell

Callum Blackwell is a graduate of UKSABefore the course: Dinghy instructor
After the course: Chief instructor at Neilson in Vassiliki

Meet Callum Blackwell, he successfully completed a number of qualifications with us and thanks to our unique partnerships and industry contacts. Callum has worked as a chief instructor for leading activity provider Neilson.

Callum Blackwell windsurfing as an Watersports instructor

He says: “By doing my BTEC Level 3 at UKSA I got my Paddleboard Instructor, Dinghy Instructor and Windsurf Instructor Training qualifications. Plus, I also did my Safety Boat, First Aid and Keel Boat Instructor courses at UKSA.”

Ali Nolan

Before the course: BTEC Level 3 Student
After the course: UKSA Watersports Instructor

My life changed when a visit from UKSA to my college opened up the opportunity to do something active on the water to complete my secondary education. The instructors brought a paddle board and windsurfer and said this is the sort of stuff you can do at UKSA.

Ali Nolan learning how to windsurf as a watersports instructor

My advice: If you are outgoing, willing to try new things and enjoy being on the water, this is a great way to get qualifications. A tip from me is, if you are thinking of doing this course you have got to want to do it, you can’t do it half-heartedly.

Felix Trattner

Felix graduating after his BTEC CourseBefore the course: BTEC Level 3 Student
After the course: Studying Naval Architecture and Yacht Design at Southampton University

Felix came to study with us from Austria, and upon successful completion of a BTEC in Sport and Physical Activities (Level 3) with our Further Education department, secured a place at university.

During his time at USKA he formed UKSA’s first student-only race team in the J/80 class (UKSA Youth Team). We competed in the J/80 World Championships in July.

Felix Trattner whilst studying for his BTEC

My highlight: A highlight of my time at UKSA was being awarded the Bernard Taylor Trophy for ‘going above and beyond with my achievements both on and off the water’ whilst studying for my BTEC.

Dominic Bozianu

Dominic Profile PhotographBefore the course: School Student
After the course: I want to travel a bit and come back here to do some more courses to build my career in superyacht industry.

After visiting a UKSA Open Day, Dom started his BTEC in Sport & Physical Activities Level 3 driven by the idea of travelling the world and working with a tight-knit team, crewing.

He says “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”.

Dominic Bozianu on the water with the BTEC course

My Advice: Don’t give up! Keep pushing through the boring stuff to get what you need to start you off and keep searching until eventually you find something that you enjoy. That’s what I did with a little help from my family and the tutors here who coached me.