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Outdoor Adventure and Environmental Studies

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,D-B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C-A,A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

104-120

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Recreation and leisure studies

Physical geography

Ecology

Our three-year BSc (Hons) in Outdoor Adventure and Environmental Studies is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and your future career pathway. We provide a programme of learning based in the heart of the Lake District National Park, where you can access and experience learning outdoors in numerous environments: lakes, rivers, woods, crags and mountains. They are on your doorstep and provide an ideal learning environment for you to learn practically together with like-minded enthusiasts.

You will be joining an extended outdoor and environmental learning community of students, staff and our extensive network of contacts and employers. Overall, this programme immerses you in outdoor experiences as a vehicle to develop, outdoor skills, environmental knowledge, contemporary and creative practice, communication and facilitation skills (working with people), personal ethics and values. You will explore how people, places and environments interact and develop curiosity, ideas and a lifelong passion for learning. Our degree is a way of life that fully immerses you in outdoor learning, both theory and practice.

You will be supported to develop your own informed understanding in lectures, seminars, practicals, ‘real-time’ projects, adventures and challenges, all with regular first-hand experience outdoors. A central idea of this degree course is that the environment is not just the backdrop for adventure, but it is pivotal to adventure.

Increasingly there are new areas of outdoor work emerging such as using the outdoors to promote health and well-being programmes or using the outdoors therapeutically. Many students work in the expedition and outdoor skills sector developing their own businesses

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

- Explore the outdoors while developing academic, critical-thinking and valuable life skills

- Develop and enhance your competencies in outdoor activities (eg: mountaineering, paddling and caving) and environmental field skills

- Learn about the environment via exciting field studies in the UK and abroad, including an international field course in Northern Spain in the Picos de Europa Mountains

- Develop your ability to work with people and to develop their health and well-being.

- Optional modules include outdoor education, Geography, Adventurous learning modules and therapeutic applications in the outdoors

- Taught by tutors who are active in the outdoors, environmental contexts and conduct international research

- Evaluate current outdoor practice and philosophies

- Great facilities, including indoor climbing walls, outdoor stores and lakeside access

- Well-equipped and including kayaks, canoes, climbing gear and expedition kit, for you to borrow at no extra cost

- Gain valuable commercial and entrepreneurial skills and enhancing your employability

- Opportunity for work-based experience in some modules

- Visits to and from employers and external organisations to hone your skills to gain employment

This course is for you if you want to pursue a career within outdoor skills instruction, environmental education, conservation, therapeutic and personal development contexts of outdoor work, teaching in schools, expedition leadership and several of the services (police, fire, paramedics and armed forces).

If you enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about making a difference to the ecological, geographical, health and well-being and sustainability challenges faced by our modern day world, this course will prepare you for that.

Modules

Year one - Compulsory modules:

Water,
Rock,
Mountain,
Wood,
Urban,
Earth, Wind and Fire.
Year two - Compulsory modules:

Exploring Research Outdoors,
Outdoor Living/Learning and Adventure,
Habitats and Ecosystems,
European Mountains: Ecology, Culture and Travel.
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand):

Environmental Aesthetics,
Recreation in Woodland,
Traditional and Innovative Approaches in the Outdoors,
Physical Geography for Outdoor Educators.

Year three - Compulsory modules:

Dissertation (with various options),
Adventure and Environmental Ethics,
Wilding and Conservation.
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand):

Participant Coaching,
Ice and Snow (Cold Environments),
International Applications of Outdoor Education,
Outdoor and Environmental Education,
Therapeutic applications.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Ambleside

Department:

Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

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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.

47%
low
Recreation and leisure studies
67%
low
Physical geography
81%
med
Ecology

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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
61%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
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

54%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
55%
Course specific equipment and facilities
25%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
49%
2:1 or above
34%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

Physical geographical sciences

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

55%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Ecology and environmental biology

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

64%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
62%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
D

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.

96%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Sports and fitness occupations

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.

Physical geographical sciences

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.

£16,320
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
30%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sports and fitness occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Biological and sport sciences

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sports and fitness occupations
19%
Therapy professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

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.

Geography, earth and environmental studies

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

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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