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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

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 employmentThis 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.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 10,500per 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, the University of Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its campuses include two in a World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
An international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.
For the 2021/22 transition year, all eligible EU, EEA or Swiss students will receive a Fee Discount Scholarship to bring fees in line with UK/home fees.

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  • Subject ranking

    51st out of 84 6

    73rd out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

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    123 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 203
    107 49%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62 62%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.29 86%



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