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Adventure and Outdoor Management

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Sports management

**BA (Hons) Adventure and Outdoor Management scored 100% overall satisfaction for NSS 2019.**

With 30 years’ experience in outdoor leisure, Solent University are experts at producing knowledgeable and industry ready adventure management graduates. Combining the practical elements of adventure sports management with essential business management skills, this programme is well suited to those who are looking to enter the sports tourism, leisure or outdoor entertainment industry.

The curriculum was constructed with vital transferable business skills in mind. Whether it be finance, human resources or site management, this course aims to equip learners with the knowledge they need to succeed in managerial roles.

The beginning of the course covers a range of topics and aims to give learners a broad knowledge of the industry. During the second year students are encouraged to explore their particular areas of interest through application to assessments and research projects. In the third year of study, students are able to specialise and pursue optional modules that relate to their desired career.

Students are also offered the opportunity to undertake flexible work placements before the end of year two, encouraging the development of real-world skills in a ‘live’ industry setting. This placement can also be carried out abroad, which is ideal for those considering employment overseas at the end of their degree.

For students wishing to develop their practical outdoor coaching, we provide access to exclusive discounts in a range of water and land-based national governing body awards (NGBs). These are optional and offered outside of the course programme as part of extracurricular enrichment activities in partnership with our local outdoor centres. Students are also given guidance on how to pursue these additional qualifications through work experience and engagement with Solent's outdoor clubs and societies to maximise career opportunities after graduation.

Ample support is given to students interested in setting up their own business and students enjoy easy access to the New Forest and its many outdoor attractions.

**What does this course lead to?**
Recent students have gone on to become centre managers and senior instructors in a wide range of outdoor activity and pursuits organisations. A number of graduates have also set up successful businesses such as Rock and Sun climbing holidays.

Course graduates who have focused on coaching and education will be well placed to take their studies higher or have the potential to progress onto a PGCE for those interested in teaching.

**Who is this course for?**
This course is ideally suited to students who are interested in active careers within the adventure tourism and leisure sectors.

Embedded business management studies ensure that students who aspire to progress into venue management and professional support roles are well suitably well prepared.

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Research and Study Skills
Marketing Principles
Principles of Outdoor Coaching
Introduction to the Adventure Industry
Event and Activity Safety Operations

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Operations Management
Research Study Skills
Work Placement
Adventure and Outdoor Recreation
Coaching in the Outdoor Environment
Outdoor Education

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Contemporary Issues in the Adventure and Outdoor Industry
Dissertation
Strategic Management

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that the options are not always guaranteed to run each year)
Sociology of Extreme and Lifestyle Sports
Games Based Coaching
Sport Business Start Up
Strategic Marketing

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Sport, Health and Social Sciences School

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Sports management

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
40%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Tourism, transport and travel

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
78%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Sports and fitness occupations
20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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