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Outdoor Leadership 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.   

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.

Dan Butler

 


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.

Opportunities

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    One year

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:

    N890

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Pass FdSc with 40%/HND Pass Overall in Outdoor, Adventure, Studies, Management, Education, Environmental, Coaching, Leadership or Skills (or any combination of above)

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Course Overview

Core Modules

  • Leadership and Change
  • Research Project

Optional Modules

  • Sustainable Outdoor Practice
  • Conditioning for Adventure Sports
  • Working with Children in the Outdoors
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development through Outdoor Activities
  • Adventure Tourism
  • The Outdoor Image

Industry Links

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

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.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Sport and Wellbeing
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
or email us at: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk | Book a visit

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.