Bronze NNAS Award

On completed of this award, participants will be able to plan and follow simple walks in the countryside mainly on paths and tracks.

Syllabus The Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan.
  • Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps.
  • Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map.
  • Orientate the map with and without a compass.
  • Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel.
  • Choose simple navigation strategies and routes.
  • Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises.
  • Estimate distance on both map and ground.
  • Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation.
  • Plan a safe, suitable walk.
  • Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails.
  • Understand access rights and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code, and of procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.

Assessment Guidance Notes:
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to navigate using a variety of simple line features in open countryside and/or woodland.
  • The assessment route would normally include a number of points on distinct features which require the navigator to use a variety of line features.
  • The assessment route would normally have frequent changes in direction to assess map orientation skills.
  • The practical assessment will be undertaken over a distance of 3-5km dependent on terrain.
  • Practical assessment will be reinforced by questions to the candidate on the basic skills of navigation, route planning, selection and safety. This may be done orally or in a written format.
  • Maximum assessment ratio 1:6.
  • The duration for training and assessment at Bronze level is a minimum of 10 hours, to cover all aspects of the syllabus.
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