Training Courses

Training Courses British Orienteering has a number of progressive training courses for teachers - the Orienteering Leadership Pathway. 

Some courses are online (E-Learning) and others are delivered face-to-face by a tutor. Teachers can choose a blended approach to training; completing E-Learning courses as well as attending the more practical tutor delivered courses. There will be something to suit your needs as an individual and a school.

E-Learning Courses

Introducing Orienteering (E-Learning) Course

Introducing Orienteering has been designed to be the first step on the Orienteering leadership pathway and aims to equip Primary school teachers and outdoor leaders with the knowledge and confidence to introduce Orienteering within their setting. The course objectives are:

  • To understand what Orienteering is and how to Introduce it in a fun and exciting way.
  • To be able to introduce progressive group learning activities across varied learning environments
  • To be aware of safety requirements.
  • To be aware of the opportunities for exit routes for young people and Leaders

The cost of this eLearning course is £30 per learner, the course will take approximately an hour to complete, you will also receive the following

  • Certificate
  • 10 Group learning activities
  • 7 supporting resources
  • School Games information
  • British Schools Orienteering Championships information
  • Information on both mapped and virtual courses across the country
  • A list of useful books to support learning
  • A list of Equipment suppliers and sources of funding

To access the course, click here to set up your login for our eLearning platform, then select the course from the menu. If you are a British Orienteering member, please note that you will need to set up a login when you access the eLearning platform rather than using your British Orienteering login.

Please note:  If you, your club or organisation wish to enroll multiple learners on to this course please contact Howard Blackman hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk 07768 334207 to arrange an Invoice, and please note that there is a £2.00 admin fee per invoice for this service.

Introducing Orienteering for Secondary Schools (E-Learning) Course

Introducing Orienteering for Secondary Schools aims to equip secondary school teachers and leaders with the knowledge and confidence to introduce Orienteering within their setting. As part of the Orienteering leadership pathway, it is a step up from the 'Introducing Orienteering' E-Learning course and has been designed to help progress secondary aged novices into competent orienteers.

The objectives of this course are to show teachers how they can creatively use Orienteering within a school setting to develop students’ confidence, resilience, and knowledge on top of helping to develop and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

The exemplary activities are adaptable to allow for paired/teamwork or individual decision-making and competition.

The cost for this e-Learning course is £30 per learner and will take approximately an hour to complete, you will also receive the following,

  • Certificate
  • 11 Group learning activities.
  • 7 supporting resources
  • School Games information
  • British Schools Orienteering Championships information
  • Information on both mapped and virtual courses across the country
  • A list of useful books to support learning.
  • A list of Equipment suppliers and sources of funding

To access the course, click here to set up your login for our eLearning platform, then select the course from the menu. If you are a British Orienteering member, please note that you will need to set up a login when you access the eLearning platform rather than using your British Orienteering login.

Please note:  If you, your club or organisation wish to enrol multiple learners on to this course please contact Howard Blackman hblackman@britishorienteering.org.uk 07768 334207 to arrange an Invoice, and please note that there is a £2.00 admin fee per invoice for this service.

Face-to-face, Tutor Delivered courses

Teaching Orienteering Part 1

  • This 6-hour (1 day) training is aimed at teachers, youth sector workers, and people working in schools and outdoor centres.
  • The training delivers the knowledge, understanding, and practical ability to teach the basic skills of orienteering.
  • Attending Teaching Orienteering Part 1 is a prerequisite for anybody wishing to deliver the Orienteering Young Leader Award or attend the British Orienteering Teaching Orienteering Part 2 training.
  • Further information can be found here: Teaching Orienteering Part 1

Teaching Orienteering Part 2

  • This 6-hour (1 day) training delivers the knowledge, understanding, and practical ability to teach some of the advanced skills of orienteering.
  • People wishing to deliver GCSE syllabi for candidates from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland should attend Teaching Orienteering Part 2. Candidates from Scotland will be shown the appropriate activities to meet their own curriculum requirements
  • Further Information can be found here:  Teaching Orienteering Part 2

Young Leader Award

  • This award is designed for 14 - 19-year-olds.
  • The course they undertake will enable them to coach the basic skills of the sport, provide fun activities on a safe enclosed site and enable them to assist as volunteers at school or local events.
  • Further information can be found here:

Orienteering Young Leader Award