Full Time - 3 Years Part Time - Part-time – up to six years
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Preston (Campus code: U)
This unique course is designed to match the requirements of the professional outdoor adventure industry, with a student-based approach allowing for individual interests to be explored.
The course considers how engagement with the theoretical aspect of the subject can inform, challenge and support the real world practical context. In doing so, this situates you in a very strong position for employment within a wide range of academic and vocational contexts.
Delivery of the programme is through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions. A number of week long residentials also form part of the delivery. These not only provide opportunity to develop practical skills, but also offer contextual examples to increase your understanding between academic theories and real world practice. Assessment modes include essays, portfolios, individual/group presentations, practical observations and reflective logs. There are no end of year exams.
112 - 128 UCAS points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 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. 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.
Introduction to Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Teaching, Learning & Coaching within The Outdoors
Group Leadership & Reflective Practice
Applied Research & Professional Skills
Plus one from the following
Expedition Planning, Preparation and Participation
Adventure Sports Coaching
Leadership for Change
Plus one from the following
Applied Work in The Outdoors
Performance Enhancement Coaching
Creative Pedagogy within The Outdoors
Plus one from the following
Single Research Project
Enterprise for Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors
The BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership is a dynamic course that examines a range of leadership, coaching and educational issues within the outdoor/adventure sector. Furthermore the modules encourage core knowledge and understanding to be developed through interactive lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions.
Both National and International work experience, fieldwork and expedition opportunities are encouraged and form an integral part of the programme.
Opportunity to access National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications via a structured enhancement programme are also offered.
A range of optional modules throughout the programme is also available which allow you to individually tailor your learning programme.
Both the course and module content have been designed to ensure that successful graduates have developed the intellect, knowledge and skills to work in a coaching and leadership capacity within and beyond the outdoor sector.
"Thank you for your input to the IOL Conference. Both the senior officers of the IOL and the conference attendees noted the quality of the research projects that your students presented, their professionalism, knowledge and industry relevance. It was noticeable how engaged the IOL audience were with your students, many of whom are employers in the North West of England and their feedback was outstanding – several of them specifically mentioned to me how great it was that there was student input of this type and that the students really were empowered to engage in professional discussions with leaders and practitioners from across the field.
I must say that there is a marked difference between the apparent quality of the students from UCLan versus other universities attending – this must be down to your staff team, the way you have structured the course to engage with the industry."
Tim Deighton IOL National Development Officer.
"UCLan is in the vanguard of improving the quality of Higher Education in the outdoors. The student research presentation highlighted the quality of the investigations being carried out and reflects exceptionally well on the staff and students of UCLan alike”.
Andy Robinson, CEO Institute for Outdoor Learning
The working relationship with Plas y Brenin and additional links to the sector are commendable for delivering a quality curriculum and content. The staff consisting of guides, coaches and leaders, all clearly with a lot of ‘in the field’ experience is outstanding for a degree of this nature.
Doug Cooper, Senior Instructor at Glenmore Lodge – Sport Scotland National Outdoor Training Centre
"I am currently employed as an Assistant Instructor with the Outward Bound Trust. The role requires me to work as a duty instructor for a set number of nights a week, the rest of my time I may assist sessions and shadow other practitioners. This role allows me to gain experience and qualifications prior to becoming a full instructor with the trust"
Alex, BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership
"The BA in Outdoor Leadership from UCLan has equipped me extremely well for a future in the outdoor industry. One could argue that the course had been designed for the job I now hold, in particular the emphasis on experiential learning and reflective practice. 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. The university staff have been incredibly supportive, providing professional references and solutions to issues regarding the course or the outdoor industry, in addition to their lecturing and their own research"
Emily, BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership
"To prospective students I would recommend making the most of the opportunities provided by the university, specifically the teaching staff with their years of experience in the industry. Work hard, both academically as well as gaining national governing body awards, and you will be rewarded when you look for a career in the outdoor industry upon graduation
David, BA (Hons) Adventure Sports Coaching)
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)
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.
Delivery of the programme is through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions. A number of week long residentials also form part of the delivery.
Assessment modes include essays, portfolios, individual/group presentations, practical observations and reflective logs. There are no end of year exams
In the final year, students embark on a substantial piece of self generated independent study.
The academic team are all actively engaged with Doctoral level research across a range of outdoor/adventure areas. These include Decision Making, Social Interaction, Environmental & Educational Issues, Leadership and the ‘Active Ageing’ population.
Dr Mark Hickman
Dr Clive Palmer
Dr Loel Collins
Work experience and international opportunities
Why choose UCLan?
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