NNAS Bronze Navigation Course

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) is a personal performance, non-competitive, incentive scheme for all ages. Training and Assessment courses use Harvey Maps of 1:25,000 or 1:40,000 scale, Ordnance Survey maps of 1:25,000 o 1:50,000 scale or orienteering maps of 1:10,000 or 1:15,000 scale.

Syllabus and Assessment Procedures

All 3 levels of the Award expect an understanding of safety procedures relating to the Activities being undertaken, a working knowledge of the Country Code and practical issues relating to access and environmental protection, appreciation of appropriate clothes and equipment for the demands of countryside navigation and a knowledge of basic first aid.


All courses include knowledge of safety and access issues when walking in the countryside, as well as an understanding of environmental issues and awareness of impacts.


Navigation in the countryside using paths tracks and other linear features, basic map interpretation and compass work is included. Distance 2-5 kilometres.


Level 1 - NNAS Bronze Award

The candidate will be assessed on his/her ability to navigate round a simple line feature course in open countryside and /or woodland.


This course will include a number of destination points on distinct features which require the navigator to use a variety of line features (e.g. tracks, streams, field edges) as handrails for precise navigation and location. The points can be indicated by small circles on the map or by grid references if an OS map is being used. The course should have frequent turning points to test map orientation and should be about 2-5km depending on terrain, scale of map being used and the age and fitness level of participants.


The practical assessment will be backed up by questions on the basic skills outlined above, which can be answered orally or in writing.

Both instruction and assessment could well start on a centre site and progress on to a local park or common. An approved list of NNAS questions is available which can be used selectively, though assessors can equally well use their own questions adapted to local circumstances. If first efforts result in failure, the assessment can be taken again later to allow learning to be reinforced and a successful outcome achieved. The Navigator Bronze Badge and Certificate will be awarded to successful candidates.

Bronze 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.


Cost per person is £110 & VAT.

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