NNAS Bronze course syallbus listed below as prescribed by the National Navigation Award Scheme.

Compass Hill Skills and Ventures operate our NNAS Bronze training courses in Essex, Suffolk and Kent - all within easy access of London.

We offer these map reading courses in Essex / Suffolk along with basic compass skills training. 

Course Information:

Location: Essex / Suffolk Borders or North Downs - Kent.

Available Course places: Your course will usually run with approx. 4 persons.

Terms: Minimum 2 persons, maximum 6 persons, full prepayment required, cancellation policy applies, missed courses places are charged in full (no refund).

Duration: 2 x days.  Your course will offer a minimum of 18 hours of tuition & assessment time. (NNAS minimum requirement is 12 hours). Overnight stay recommended.

Equipment: Use of Map, Compass and training materials provided. Candidates to provide own walking boots, waterproofs, day sack and food.

Accommodation and food: Not included in course fees. Information available on request on local camp sites, B&B's, Hotels and Hostelries for evening meals..


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Bronze NNAS Award syallabus – 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.