3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.
NX23; Short form: BA/OS
Preston (Campus code: U)
This dynamic course will give you the practical and leadership knowledge you need to be an effective outdoor leader, at the forefront of modern practice. As well as developing an in-depth understanding of the practical, theoretical and contemporary issues within Outdoor Leadership, you’ll get real-world hands-on experience through a number of week-long residentials throughout the academic year - and to further boost your employability, you’ll be encouraged to take part in work experience opportunities during the summer.
280 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction*, Distinction*
Access to Higher Education : 30 level 3 credits at Merit
International Baccalaureate : 25 Points
GCSEs : 5 at grade C including Maths and English
IELTS : grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate 28 - 30P
5 GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.
Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.
Please note this course is withdrawn from 2017 entry and is being replaced with BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership.
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The BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership is a dynamic course that examines a range of contemporary issues relating to the practice of leadership within and outside the outdoor sector. The planning and undertaking of fieldwork and expedition opportunities, nationally and internationally, is a feature of the Outdoor Leadership programme alongside reflective practice, risk management and practical development.
Learn from teaching staff who are experts in their field and regularly undertake consultancy work for national and international governing bodies. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Paul Gray, Mark Hickman, Allison Inkster, Loel Collins, Rosemary Powell.
You’ll also have the chance to gain industry-required National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications via a structured enhancement programme organised in conjunction with the course. Our graduates are targeted by international, national and local employers, and work experience/internship opportunities are offered each year.
A range of option modules is also available allowing you to individually tailor your learning programme. The course and module content have been designed to ensure that successful graduates have developed the intellect, knowledge and skills to work in a leadership capacity within and beyond the outdoor sector.
The study of a foreign language adds to your chances of developing a career overseas and experience abroad helps consolidate the language and cultural skills essential to mobility and indeed to an increasing number of professional outdoor qualifications.
UCLan has one of the most comprehensive outdoor programmes of any institution and has been designed for very serious candidates.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
£900 per year (UK / EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
The Outdoors staff have industry experience as guides, coaches and leaders, links with the sector remain broad and current.
Sector specialists were active partners in designing the degree and its recent update, and strong links exist with the Institute for Outdoor Learning, with opportunities to work towards the RPIOL and APIOL awards, Glenmore Lodge and Plas Y Brenin, plus local centres Hothersall Lodge and Westview Climbing Wall.
You can take advantage of an active Enhancements Programme, which has seen trips to Slovenia, the Alps, Norway, China and Morocco in recent years, all of which are designed to supplement studies towards qualifications in climbing, mountaineering, paddlesports and caving.
A full menu of National Governing Body awards is available, and CWA, SPA, ML, BCU-UKCC Level 1/2 and first aid courses are run throughout the year dependent on student requirements. Other courses, such as mountain biking and white water rafting have been run dependent on demand.
Students on average attend six hours of lectures and six hours of seminars, tutorials or workshops per week; with personal study also forming an integral part of the course.
Assessments throughout the course are varied and include practical tasks, essays, reports, group and individual presentations, portfolios and reflective logs. There are no end of year exams. In the final year, students also embark on a substantial piece of independent study.
I can confidently say that I would not have been considered for my current job role without the knowledge and skills I developed during my three years on the course.
This course has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for a diverse range of career opportunities, from leadership in dynamic environments to coaching and performance enhancement in a variety of areas such as sports management and public services. Students have gone on to work in New Zealand, the Himalayas, USA and India. A number of graduates also work as full-time permanent river guides in the Swiss and Austrian Alps after having completed a foreign language module as part of their course.
There are well defined postgraduate progression routes at UCLan. UCLan offers masters pathways for further development into Level 7 study. There are two doctoral routes, one the traditional PhD, the other the professional doctorate or DProf within the Institute of Coaching and Performance. The latter is an innovative approach to Level 8 study with an emphasis on practice-based expertise.
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