NNAS Bronze Award

Bronze National Navigation Award

The Bronze Level Award provides an introduction to navigation skills with the aim being able to plan and follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks The course is aimed at beginners who wish to learn essential map reading skills and the basics of how to use a compass. The course is aimed at all ages.

This is a fourteen-hour course held over two consecutive seven-hour days which includes the assessment in the second part of day two. NNAS Bronze award is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 Upon successful completion you will be presented with a certificate The course is run with a maximum number of 8 participants per 1 instructor.

Bronze Award Course Syllabus

Navigate using a variety of maps and scales
Use 4 and 6 figure grid references with worded descriptions to define the position of a map feature and to locate a feature on the ground.
Orientate the map using handrails, obvious point features and major landforms.
Use linear features (e.g. paths, tracks, clear boundaries) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
Relate prominent landforms such as large hills and valleys to corresponding contour information on the map.
Orientate the map by aligning a compass needle against grid north and be aware that magnetic variation causes an inaccuracy.
Use an orientated map to confirm direction of travel.
Use clearly identifiable features to confirm position along the route and to recognise when the target has been overshot.
Measure horizontal distance on the map and estimate distance on the ground using timing, pacing and simple visual judgements e.g.100m.
Plan and implement simple routes and navigation strategies based on the above skills.
Recognise a navigation error within a few minutes and apply simple relocation techniques using handrails and prominent features.
Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues, access legislation, personal responsibilities and the Countryside Code.
Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of walking equipment, safety equipment and emergency procedures.

NNAS Course Level


Course Duration

2 Full days (14hrs)


£75 per person

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