NNAS Award Courses


We provide National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) navigation courses in Yorkshire, usually on Ilkley Moor. These are practical, hands-on courses with an element of assessment to gain a recognised qualification.


The purpose of the NNAS Navigator awards is simple – to give lovers of the outdoors, whatever their sport, age or fitness, the freedom to explore the paths, trails, hills and mountains of Britain and abroad.

The NNAS Navigator Awards are accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Levels 4, 5 and 6 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on completion.


The NNAS Bronze navigation course is for people with little or no navigational experience.  Therefore, it is ideal for young people and adults, especially anyone who has so far struggled with navigation. It is an excellent starting point for many Duke of Edinburgh Award students, scouts, guides and cadets who want to develop their outdoor skills. What is more, it is also fun for families to book together. It is also a gentle introduction to navigation for those who are intimidated by the subject.

Although the course includes an amount of walking, the distances are small and the terrain is gentle. So, those who have doubts about their fitness should not be put off because it is primarily a navigation course (not an endurance test).


The NNAS Silver navigation course gives you the skills needed to navigate to places that are away from clearly defined linear features, such as tracks. You will learn accurate compass work and how to select suitable techniques to navigate across open country.  Therefore, Silver NNAS navigation courses take place in areas with access to open country and they involve periods where you’ll be navigating away from paths and tracks. Sometimes these areas may be rough underfoot – for example boggy or rocky terrain.

Instructor:client ratio

The ratio for both these NNAS courses is 1:8 maximum.

Other courses:

If the NNAS navigation courses are not right for you, then we also offer other navigation courses: