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“I knew I didn’t want to be in a classroom for another year, so I tried something new...”


Get information & answers to all your questions direct from the course leaders. Every Tuesday and Thursday.

The fun doesn’t need to end in September. With our active full-time courses, you’ll get the chance to spend time outdoors, gainings skills and qualifications – and enjoying yourself!

New horizons. New beginnings.

If you’re not quite sure where you want to go next with your life, that’s ok. At HTP we have a 20-year track record of helping young people to discover their next step and build their careers.

So this September, why not join one of our Active Full-time Courses and get outdoors? These flexible one-year courses can give you the opportunity to learn more about the direction you want to take. You can clear your head and get a fresh start with a choice of engaging modules – with real qualifications – to help you choose and prepare for your next career adventure.

We’re a very different education provider. With much smaller group sizes, our super-friendly team at Riverbank Campus in Newport will support you every step of the way. You’ll gain exciting new skills and start to plan your next move – whether it’s continuing with Further or Higher Education, or into a job with an Apprenticeship.

Talk to HTP today and discover a different way to find, and reach, your new horizon.

Your questions answered:

What activities could I do?

Our Active programmes are made up of modules taken from a range of Sport, Leisure and Outdoor pursuit courses, such as:  Sport & Fitness Instructing, Outdoor Pursuits, Creative Conservation, Personal Development and General Cookery. Your Training Consultant will work with you to create a package of modules that’s just right for you.

How long exactly are the courses?

Our course lengths vary, but they all run in term-time only, for one academic year – starting in early September and finishing between June and mid-July.

Do I need any qualifications to apply?

No. You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to learn with us – just a desire to try new things and get your career started.

Book a virtual chat with a course leader

You can contact our careers advisors at any time if you’ve got questions about our Courses, Apprenticeships or Traineeships – but now on Tuesdays and Thursdays you can also speak – via phone or video chat – directly with our course leaders at Riverbank Campus and get more in-depth information about specific Full-time Courses and what it’s really like to train with us on‑campus. Booking is simple, and Nicki & Lisa would love to meet you!

Who can do these Courses?

All of our Full-time Courses are available to you if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 (or under 25 if you hold an Education, Health & Care Plan)
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

Not sure you’re eligible? Got other questions? Send us a message

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Will I have to pay to do a course?

No – the government will pay the cost of your course if you’re 16–18, or under 25 if you hold an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP).

You may also receive a bursary to support your learning. This will be discussed with you on application and could entitle you to up to £1,200 if your course lasts at least 30 weeks in one year. Depending on where you live you may also be eligible for help with your travel costs.

You must attend regularly to receive bursaries and other payments.

What could this course lead to?

Progression from our full-time courses is something that we discuss from day one. There is a structured progression route for each of the courses we offer, including higher level qualifications, Apprenticeships or other employment, including self-employment.

When and how can I apply?

Our courses start in September but you can apply right now or contact us to arrange a convenient time to visit the campus, see the facilities and meet our staff.

Before starting your course you will be asked to come in to meet your Training Consultant and complete your Programme Induction. This will include a tour of the campus areas where your training will take place. You will also receive further information about the course, such as any equipment or clothing you may need to provide and will be given an outline of your course timetable.

If you’re ready to apply for a Full-time Course with us, it’s easy:

  1. Contact us by phone or via our Contact Form,
  2. We’ll talk to you about your options and, if necessary, help you to complete the Application Form,
  3. We’ll help you choose which course is right for you.

Book your virtual chat here

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Meet the Team: Tim Corbett

Meet the Team: Tim Corbett

“There’s no such thing as a typical day. In the warmer months we’re on the water, and during the cooler months we’ll be hiking or mountain biking so there’s a huge variety.”

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Prefer to start work now?

We have Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities available right now – across the Isle of Wight and the south coast, in all types of businesses.

The Active Courses will take modules and activities from our range of individual Sport, Leisure and Outdoor Pursuit programmes, and also from our Level 1 Cookery Certificate.