BA (Hons)

Outdoor Adventure Leadership

3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught
Foundation entry

Grab a paddle, fit your harness and check your map. Through five, week long residentials, this unique course gives you all the skills for a career in coaching and leadership, while allowing you to be based anywhere in the UK

Why study with us

  • An innovative learning model based around high contact residential time at dedicated sites in North Wales, the Lake District and Dartmoor. This allows you the flexibility to study from anywhere in the UK or stay at one of our campuses.
  • Opportunities to undertake a range of National Body Qualifications.
  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership achieved 95% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey (2021).
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Our students canoed down the river Conwy, home to the 13th century Conwy Castle.
Our students canoed down the river Conwy, home to the 13th century Conwy Castle.
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What you'll do

  • You’ll take part in five individual week-long practical residential trips each year where you’ll take part in a range of activities and turn theoretical concepts into professional skills.
  • This is a dynamic, practical course that allows you to examine a range of leadership, coaching and educational issues within the outdoor/adventure sector.
  • Placement opportunities could take you from the Lancashire coast to the Himalayas, and you can also work towards achieving National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications with a structured enhancement programme.


Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face through five, week-long residentials.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Jason Wragg
Course Leader
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Jason lectures on the BA Outdoor Adventure Leadership program is is course leader for this degree. With particular expertise in field work and expeditions, Jason's work has led to collaborative international expeditions. In recognition of their contributions to expedition work Ja…

Richard Whall
Lecturer in Human Movement
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Richard Whall is a Lecturer in Human Movement, teaching on the Sport, PE and Outdoors undergraduate courses at the University of Central Lancashire (UK). Having previously worked across the health, fitness & education industry as a coach, trainer, advisor and qualified Primary sc…

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  • This course is accredited by the IOL, the professional body for individuals who use the outdoors to make a difference for others. They are driven by a vision of outdoor learning as a highly valued form of development, education and employment in UK society.
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We're given the opportunity to complete external qualifications which will set us up for future life.
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Ethan Williams
Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Future careers

To pursue a future in the highly specialised outdoor adventure and education sector, you’ll need highly specialised skills, knowledge and experience. Our BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership delivers.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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