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OCN Courses

OCNThe Open College Network offers a qualification that creates wide opportunity for improvement in educational and sporting abilities. This course is available for young people aged 14 years or above. It is often used to engage with young people who are disengaged from mainstream education.

While angling provides the educational ‘hook’, students learn a variety of subjects:


Measuring water depth; weights used to balance floats, line strength and rods.


Course work such as compilation of an evidence portfolio, word search and written assessment.


Importance of water and water cycle, weather patterns such as wind direction.


Common plants and animals found close to the water side; fish anatomy, pond life, fish identification, feeding habits and fish handling.

Students also learn other skills such as bait identification and selection and waterside safety. These skills are used to enable young people to have an in-depth understanding of their environment and learn to fish safely and correctly.

The course helps to develop a number of key personal skills, including communication, performance, control, team work, improved learning techniques, organisational skills, forward planning and discipline.

OCN is a valuable resource for the school, youth groups or community programmes, and offers fantastic opportunities for young people to develop new skills. Our course offers a stepping stone in education and employment, with open pathways towards sports coaching in the community, or towards Fisheries Management Courses in Further and Higher Education.

This course canmake a contribution to the national framework outcome of Every Child Matters:

Being healthy

Angling is an outdoor activity so it contributes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through social interaction, achievement and well-being. It also reduces the risk of young people’s ill health.

Staying safe

Angling is used to engage with young people to promote community cohesion and reduce youth crime, anti-social behaviour, bullying and discrimination.

Enjoying and achieving

Young people can learn and attain educational standards. It can contribute to their personal and social development, angling is a fun activity, undertaken in a healthy environment.

Making a positive contribution

Angling engages young people in community activities such as keeping the local pond, river or canal free of litter. It develops self confidence and positive behaviour.

Achieving economic well-being

Angling can help young people to become economically active by providing training and employment opportunities.

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