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Outdoor Adventure Studies - Foundation Degree (FdA)

  • Validated by:
    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

  • UCAS code: 72G1
  • Institutional code: H65


Do you have an interest in the outdoors? Do you love to kayak, climb, canoe or spend time in the hills and mountains? If so, then this is definitely the course for you. Approved by the University of Central Lancashire, the Outdoor Adventure Studies course aims to give you a solid grounding in both the practical and theoretical aspects of outdoor adventure.

Your tutors will promote personal growth through challenging, flexible and high quality learning experiences that stem from years of involvement in the outdoor and other related industries.

Due to our excellent local links, we are able to access high class venues including two climbing centres, a state of the art high ropes course and three water sports venues, all within ten minutes drive of the University Centre. We have established links with other outdoor centres in the immediate area as well as further afield, all of which are a great asset for the application of skills developed during the course and for work based learning opportunities.

Outdoor Adventure by its very nature is a highly practical area and, as such, the Foundation Degree in Outdoor Adventure Studies contains an excellent balance for outdoor practical and classroom-based sessions. During the course you will develop a wide range of vocational based skills that will equip you for the demands of operating both safely and effectively in the outdoors.

One of the main aims of the course is to develop well rounded outdoor adventure practitioners who have both the practical skills and theoretical underpinning knowledge to be effective coaches, leaders and educators within the outdoors.

What topics/modules are covered?

Core modules include:

Year 1
:

  • Grassroots of Outdoor Education
  • Understanding and Managing Risk in the Outdoors
  • Adventure Media
  • Experiencing the Outdoor Industry
  • Practical Land-based Development
  • Practical Water-based Development

Year 2
:

  • Developing Research Skills
  • Coaching Principles and Practices
  • Psychology of Adventure Leadership
  • Teaching and Learning in an Outdoor Setting
  • Practical Outdoor Leadership
  • Expedition Skills

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need to be aged 18+ and have:

  • 64 UCAS points (160 under the old tariff) made up from a combination of the following:
    • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject
    • A Levels at grade C or above, including one relevant subject
    • Access to Higher Education qualification in a relevant subject
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What can I do if I complete this course?

Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree may choose to complete a further one year of study to gain a full honours degree and will be offered a guaranteed interview for any relevant Honours Top up programme at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, they may wish to apply for a top up year at another higher education institution or progress directly into their chosen career path.


Career Path

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Outdoor Activity Instructor
  • Secondary or FE Teaching via a PGCE/CertEd

Duration

Two years, full time or three years, part time

Contacts

Primary contact:
Matthew Giblin
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext. 6542 or email: matthew.giblin@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Mark Young
Tel: 0151 353 4444 ext. 6576 or email: mark.young@hughbaird.ac.uk


Cost

You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front – Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £8,000 per year

The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 and 2018/19 for Home and EU students is:

  • £1,000 per 20 credit module

The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.


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