Outdoor Leadership (Top-Up) (Blended Learning) BA (Hons)

Outdoor Leadership (Top-Up) (Blended Learning) BA (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




Under- graduate


Preston (and North Wales)

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Two years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N/A; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (and North Wales) (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This unique Top up course offers the opportunity to engage with academic study in a flexible and student centred way. The course allows you to draw on your own experiences as a practitioner and discuss and inform your practice through engagement with the relevant literature. You will be learning amongst other practitioners in the industry allowing you to share ideas and develop a new community of practice. You will learn from teaching staff who are experts in their field, actively involved in research and committed to personal development in both their applied and theoretical disciplines. There is an induction weekend at the beginning of the course which is designed to help you reengage with academic learning, and prepare you for the forthcoming modules. Each module is delivered one at a time, with overlap only coming towards the end of the programme when you will undertake a small independent research project.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is not running for the 2016 entry 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

FdSc/HND or equivalent in relevant subject area. Apps from non standard qualifications, industry professional quals, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope from final year degree studies are considered on an individual basis.

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.

Applicants from non standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope from final year degree studies are considered on an individual basis.

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Course at a Glance

The course starts with an induction weekend, which focusses on the development of the academic skills required for studying at Level 6. During this induction course students are introduced to the course and the modules, as well as the structure of the online support.

Over the subsequent 2 years the course covers the following compulsory modules:

Level 6

Leadership and Change
Performance Coaching
Sustainable Outdoor Practice
Conditioning for Adventure Sports
Personal, Social and Emotional Development through Outdoor Activities
Single Research Project

Further Information


As a professional mountaineer and employer of others, I enrolled in a top up degree with UCLAN in order to be better at what I do. I didn’t appreciate at the time quite what that meant, but now thoroughly understand it be: a better understanding of myself, employees and clients; how our backgrounds, cultures and stimuli influence how we learn and interact with each other. It has improved my delivery, my business management, and based on feedback from clients, has greatly improved their experience. In effect, it fills in the ‘soft-skills gap’ that technical training courses and qualifications such as the Mountaineering Instructor Award cannot accommodate. Distance learning with multiple commitments has been challenging, but I’ve been well supported throughout; the modular form of the course has also allowed me to immediately implement lessons learned into my daily professional and personal life. I highly recommend this top-up degree to anyone operating in the professional outdoors environment.

C/Sgt The Parachute Regiment



Graduates from this degree have gone on to progress their careers in the outdoor industry, work in Further Education, study at Masters level as well as taking up teacher training opportunities.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Paul Gray, Mark Hickman, Allison Inkster, Loel Collins and Rosemary Powell.

Course subject to change


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.

Course Specification and Handbook

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:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £600 per module
Part-time: £1,025 per 20 credit module

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Most modules comprise of two weekends of tutor-led sessions which include lectures, seminars, group work and practical sessions, with additional opportunities for support offered through online materials and tutorial sessions.

Each module is assessed in a variety of ways including essays, reports, presentations and practical assessments. You will also undertake an independent research module for which there is a more substantial piece of work.

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