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Outdoor Adventure and Environmental Studies BSc (Hons)

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Do you have a passion to be in and learn about the outdoors and the environment? This course will challenge you to use the outdoors for environmental and societal benefits as well as giving you everything you need to kick-start your outdoor career.Based at our Ambleside campus in the Lake District National Park, you will study surrounded by mountains, woods, rivers, and lakes.**Course Overview**The course focuses on incorporating adventurous lifestyles that are socially and environmentally sensitive to address the ecological and cultural challenges of our times.Using your outdoor skills you will learn about environmental, ecological, and geographical processes that shape outdoor places. You will explore how outdoor experiences can be used to benefit health and wellbeing, with the opportunity to visit and be involved in projects in partnership with work-based activities both in outdoor and environmental contexts.There are several field trips in the UK and you’ll also be able to travel independently to the Picos de Europa in Spain. This opportunity will set you up for a successful career in the great outdoors. Whether you work in environmental education, conservation and environmental management, or using therapeutic applications outdoors.**On this course you will...**- Learn outdoors experientially to develop outdoor skills and explore contemporary environmental questions.- Work with and for different outdoor and environmental organisations to gain hands-on experience and contacts with potential future employers.- Explore how the outdoors has heath and wellbeing benefits and therapeutic applications.- Learn in inspiring locations like the Lake District National Park, North Wales, Scotland, British coastline, and Spain (including a shared international expedition with Spanish students).- Meet some of the most inspiring people and students, and have unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences.- **What you will learn**In the context of this degree, environment has a broad meaning, for example: built, outdoor, indoor, ecological, geological, geographical, social, political, and historical as well as perceived, individual and emotional.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 gain an understanding of not just the environment, but wider practices and management styles that occur within the UK and the wider world.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.**Year One**- Ecological Knowledge, Interactions and Change- Outdoor Adventure Skills and Learning (Water)- Exploring Lake District Landscapes- Living and Working in Groups Outdoors- Outdoor Professional Development- The Earth System**Year Two** - Habitats and Ecosystem- Outdoor Living Learning and Adventure- European Mountains: Ecology, Culture and Tourism (domestic travel when restricted by Covid regulations)- Health and Wellbeing and Environmental Health- Research Design- Catchments: Summit to Sea (Optional)- Traditional and Innovative Approaches to Outdoor Education (Optional)- Exploring Coastal Environments (Optional)**Year Three**- Dissertation- Contemporary Global Conservation- Adventure and Environmental Ethics- Cold Environments (The Cryosphere) (Optional)- Outdoor and Environmental Education (Optional)- Therapeutic Opportunities (Optional)

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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£ 13,250per year

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University of Cumbria

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  • Campus address

    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its five campuses include one in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
Its international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    56th out of 86 16

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    65th out of 90 16

  • Entry standards

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    120 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.78 76%


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    / Max 210
    111 54%


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    / Max 100
    38.0 38%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    124 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.79 76%



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