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Outdoor Education (Top-up) BA (Hons)

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 Years

Course summary

If you're an adventure-lover seeking a career in the outdoors, and have completed a related foundation degree or HND, then what better place than within 912 square miles of the iconic Lake District National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.From your unrivalled base in Ambleside, you'll have more than 150 lofty peaks, 16 lakes and an abundance of rivers - quite literally a classroom on your doorstep.And, you'll use it often because we don't separate practical experience from academic knowledge - it is integral to it - so you'll always back-up your theoretical knowledge with real-life scenarios.**Why Choose University of Cumbria**Our aim is that the complex environments you’ll live and learn in will enable you to become a confident, problem-solving graduate, able to make sound professional judgements and decisions.- The only UK Outdoor Education degree course based in a National Park- This course is designed for you if you have a Foundation Degree or HND in Outdoor Education, or similar. And, its perfect if you haven’t got a firm career path in mind- Great facilities, including indoor climbing walls and lakeside access- Well-equipped – including kayaks and climbing gear, for you to borrow at no extra cost- Learn to operate in challenging environments- Explore the great outdoors while developing academic, critical-thinking and valuable life skills- Develop transferable skills to suit a wide range of careers, including teaching and coaching- Gain valuable commercial and entrepreneurial skills - enhancing your employability- Comprehensive Upskill Programme enables you to develop your own practical performance and work towards National Governing Body awards- Taught by academic tutors involved in current research, which will inform your learningYou’ll be located in Ambleside with plenty of opportunities during your studies, and in your free time, to experience and enjoy the great outdoors – without driving for miles.So, to study and learn in a world-renowned landscape - perfect for outdoor-lovers, then our uniquely-located course will provide everything you need to succeed in your future career.Top up your existing qualification into a full honours degree. A top-up degree is the equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree. This course is aimed at students who have previously completed a related foundation level degree or equivalent e.g. HND and provides you a route to achieve a Bachelors degree with Honours. You'll explore outdoor education theory and apply it to a variety of contexts, helping you to select the appropriate approach for the situation you choose to educate in. All of our modules are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to work in the outdoors as an educator.Additionally, many of the attributes gained through our programme are also essential to a wide variety of career pathways, broadening your horizons and enhancing your employability.You will examine the traditions, training and expectations of the UK's iconic outdoor education practices, from adventure activities to environmental sciences and have the opportunity to study international perspectives from a variety of regions of the world.The dissertation process gives you the flexibility to choose and research an area you are interested in and you will be allocated a supervisor who has an in-depth understanding of your chosen topic.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 10,500per year

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University information

University of Cumbria

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  • Campus address

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

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    45th out of 81 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    115 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    83 83%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%



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