Divestyle UK are pleased to announce that we are one of only a handful of dive centres to have been involved in the launch of this new linked program. We are now able to offer an OCR Level 3 Diploma in Management alongside the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)!
The OCR Level 3 Diploma is eligible for a learner loan (like a student loan) from the government which makes the course incredibly accessible. So what’s involved and can I sign up?
THE COURSE: The course is called an OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) Level 3 Diploma in Management. OCR is an examination board that sets examinations and awards qualifications (including GCSEs, A-levels, NVQ’s etc). The course is aimed at those who will or would like to take a management role in the workplace and deals with all aspects of management from coaching and mentoring to training and development and conflict management. The course results in a recognised, useful qualification which maybe in itself a proof of competence for a job role or can add value to an existing set of qualifications.
HOW THE OCR LEVEL 3 & PADI IDC ARE LINKED: PADI Instructor Development Course includes a number of learning requirements that are needed to show proof of competency for the Level 3 Diploma.
The PADI IDC teaches to develop a teaching presentation, whether this be for use during knowledge development in a classroom situation or as a briefing or training session in the water. During these teaching presentations candidates show their ability to effectively use their certified assistants (Divemasters or Assistant Instructors) as well as showing an ability to evaluate and feedback performance to students. This is just one of the areas where the OCR Level 3 Diploma and the PADI IDC overlap.
Divestyle UK run the PADI IDC in the same way it would for most other IDC Candidates. There are a two additional requirements that OCR Level 3
Candidates must complete, these include:
- One online e-learning portfolio
- The Diving Business Management course.
Candidates completing the Level 3 Diploma are required to complete an online e- learning portfolio before, during and after the IDC. Candidates will show how what they have learnt during the IDC can be translated into more general business management practices. This is the bulk of the OCR course which is independently assessed.
There is also an extra module that needs to be completed for the IDC, the ‘Diving Business Management Course’. This is a diving specific module which goes into far more detail of the business side of the dive industry. For example you’ll learn more about gross and net profit, margins and how to price products and courses.
WHO SHOULD SIGN UP TO THE COURSE: This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to get into the diving industry as well as earn a useful business qualification which will assist them in applying for other non-industry specific jobs. Given the eligibility of the course for government learner loans, it’s a great opportunity for people who are put off by the initial up front cost of becoming an instructor. It’s also excellent for someone looking to change their career or anyone wanting to do a more in depth, business orientated instructor course.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST: As an OCR Level 3 Diploma the course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government. These loans are potentially open to anyone resident in the UK over the age of 19. The loan currently stands at £2500, over the OCR Leve 3 Course. They are relatively simple to apply for and work in a very similar way to student loans in that you won’t need to start re-payments until you are earning over 21k and the payments then start very small, coming out of your PAYE, and tracking up with your income. The interest paid on the loan is at inflation plus a maximum of 3% dependent on your income.
£999 PADI Instructor Development Course
Includes 2 extra days of the Diving Business Management Course
INCLUDED PADI IDC Crewpack & Course Materials
INCLUDED PADI Instructor Examination Fee
INCLUDED PADI Instructor Application Fee
HOW DO I SIGN UP? Contact Divestyle UK on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01189761729 and ask for details about the PADI IDC/OCR Level 3 program.
We are currently speaking to a number of people who this may be of interest to and the first wave of applicants need to have signed up by the start of September with the course orientation due in September. Time and spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
The IDC will then take place in October and the Business Management Course in
November. PADI will be conducting a special IE on the 3/4 December 2016
- Over 19 – no maximum limit
- UK citizen or Resident for last 3 years
- Need: Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Address with Post Code
- NI Number
- Copy of Passport/ID
- Preferably Divemaster or Equivalent (or will be before end of August 2016)
1st September – must register their details with PADI
Before end of Sept – Orientation to OCR system and PADI Process
You can then decide if to take up the option for OCR Diploma
During October – Using e-portal for online study
Online Study with include IDC Online and Dive theory from PADI
IDC to start – this could 3 days for an AI course, followed by OWSI section.
Payment for IDC portion is NOT part of the scheme and still needs to be paid
Diploma in Business Management sessions
Master Scuba Diver Trainer Preparation course
On 3/4 December PADI have arranged a special IE at their office in Bristol
1. If candidates put name forward before 1st Sept and are accepted for OCR Business Management funding you do NOT have to accept it and are not obliged to carry on.
2. Additionally they will receive accreditation for Business Management
3. If you never earn over 21k of taxable income (in the UK) you will not be eligible – so an instructor working outside UK or travelling is ideal – they will NOT need to repay anything until you are back in the UK earning over 21K.