N890; Short form: BA/OL3
Preston (Campus code: U)
BA (Hons) - Top-up
This dynamic, experiential course is designed to allow students with an HND or Foundation Degree to consolidate and further develop those qualifications into a BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership degree. It will give you the practical and managerial 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.
Pass FdSc with 40%/HND Pass Overall in Outdoor, Adventure, Studies, Management, Education, Environmental, Coaching, Leadership or Skills (or any combination of above)
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
This dynamic, experiential course is designed to allow students with an HND or Foundation Degree to consolidate and further develop those qualifications into a BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership degree. It will give you the practical and leadership knowledge you need to be an effective outdoor leader, at the forefront of current practice; as well as developing an in-depth understanding of the practical, theoretical and contemporary issues within Outdoor Leadership.
The top-up year aims to integrate and apply key leadership theories and expand on experiential learning strategies and reflective skills. The nature of the course also enables you to personalise your programme through the independent study research project. You can also individualise your programme further through a range of option modules to suit your career and personal aspirations.
The reputation of the course at UCLan is second to none. The location for access to the outdoors is near perfect. Also the mixture between practical provision and academic involvement means that lessons aren’t always taken in the classroom.
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 in mountain biking and white water rafting have been run dependent on demand and numbers.
Another initiative is the Enhancement Programme for students, which is UCLan’s means of ensuring you have access to the necessary award training and assessment to match any employability agenda. Staff organise extra curricular trips to provide students with greater access to high level practical and overseas experiences, such as ice climbing in Norway, kayaking in the Alps and Slovenia, and canoeing in Sweden and Canada. Furthermore, these serve to promote the UCLan’s strategic objective to be an international university.
This course has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for a diverse range of career opportunities, from leading international expeditions, coaching and performance enhancement to sports management, public services and a wide range of roles within the outdoor leadership industry. Students and graduates have gone on to work in New Zealand, the Himalayas, USA and India, while others have opted to continue their studies or pursue research opportunities at postgraduate and master’s level.
Our graduates are targeted by international, national and local employers, and work experience/internship opportunities are offered each year.
This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.
This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
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)
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.
Our academic staff have industry experience as guides, coaches and leaders with broad and current links with the sector. Sector specialists were active partners in designing the degree and its recent update, and strong links exist with institutions such as the Institute for Outdoor Learning, with opportunities to work towards the RPIOL and APIOL awards, Glenmore Lodge and Plas Y Brenin, plus local centres such as Hothersall Lodge and Westview Climbing Wall. Students can take advantage of an active Enhancements Programme, which has seen trips to Slovenia, the Alps, Norway, China and Morocco in recent years and all of which are designed to supplement studies towards qualifications in climbing, mountaineering, paddlesports and caving.
You’ll have the chance to gain industry-required National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications via a structured enhancement programme organised in conjunction with the course, learning from teaching staff who are experts in their field and regularly undertaking consultancy work for national and international governing bodies
You will, on average, attend six hours of lectures and six hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course.
Coursework, essays, reports, presentations, portfolio, group work and examinations are all part of the course. In addition you will be given the opportunity to undertake a dissertation or a contemporary issues module allowing them to undertake substantial independent research.
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