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PgD Outdoor and Experiential Learning

University of Cumbria

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course overview

Our history of excellence in teaching outdoor studies goes back to the 1960s, offering full time courses for teachers and other professionals set in the wonderfully diverse landscape of the Lake District. This tradition has returned with a new suite of modules and courses to support those involved with the outdoors or experiential learning. We'll help you develop the relevant knowledge and skills to produce effective and inspiring courses in a wide range of settings.

We welcome students from all professional backgrounds, from outdoor instructors and training experts to nurses, teachers, counsellors, therapists and those involved with youth and social work. If you're considering breaking into these fields, then we provide the perfect transitionary course to help you realise your career aspirations. Make sure your skills are of the highest quality - apply for our course and help advance your personal and professional development.

Course summary

You'll learn to apply innovative strategies in outdoor practice and integrate them into other spheres of teaching and learning. Your prior learning and practice will be enhanced towards further creativity, philosophical stances and methodologies. We will approach outdoor learning through experience and as a learning community through the utilisation of outdoor environments and activities as contexts.

Our course is designed to be accessible to all skill levels, whether you have a former qualification in outdoor-related studies or not. We will broaden your practice and understanding of outdoor and experiential learning, so we ask that students be enthusiastic about taking part to get the most out of the course. The programme will be taught by core staff of the Outdoor Studies department through lectures, seminars, practicals and field trips, as well as talks from key visiting lecturers.

Graduate destinations

Candidates can exit after 60 credits with a PGC Outdoor Learning or a PGC Experiential Learning, dependent on the modules chosen. Candidates who satisfactorily complete 120 credits gain a PGD Outdoor and Experiential Learning. There are opportunities for PhD research after achievement of a masters qualification.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 8,533per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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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.

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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