What do I do if I don't want to go to uni straight away? Watch
You could also volunteer with one of the cadet forces - adults can get qualifications in outdoor activities this way too, which are usually free or much cheaper than commercial rates. And the volunteering would help you get a job, and would make something to write about on your personal statement.
I want to go into outdoor pursuits, and have been told by some people that getting a degree in Outdoor Leadership etc. could help me to get a better position in a centre, but I want to get a bit of experience under my belt first. I don't know how long I should work for before going to uni, so far I have been saying five years, but I feel like that could possibly be too long. I know that if I put the effort in this year I will get enough UCAS points to enroll but I'm not sure what to do as it's so specific I can't find much information on any alternative career paths. What would be the best course of action to take here?
1. Volunteer as a Scout leader; I believe you can get some Scout qualifications to lead young people through certain outdoor activities.
2. Part-time job in an outdoor activity centre.
3. Duke of Edinburgh maybe? Becoming an expeditions supervisor might also help you.