BA(Hons) Outdoor Adventure EducationX391

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time options available
  • Professionally approved by the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), our outdoor education degree gives you the opportunity to spend three years studying an interesting and exciting way of educating people, with active, practical learning, growing and developing in, on and through the outdoor environment.

    We are flanked by the stunning scenery of Dartmoor National Park and the beautiful rivers, estuaries and coastline of Devon and Cornwall. Within these inspiring environments you’ll explore the theory and practice of adventure education, studying outdoors with experienced passionate tutors.

    Exciting adventures are possible. Students have opportunities to study abroad with partner universities and undertake international placements with organisations such as Camp America. Additionally students go on expedition on Dartmoor and Snowdonia as well as exploring the Devon and Cornwall coastline, discovering the best surfing beaches along the way.


    You’ll be guided by experienced and committed professionals, and you’ll be studying with like-minded people. This course attracts students who love thinking and doing, and people who have a great attitude to learning, trying new things and spending time outdoors having an adventure. You don't need lots of experience or fancy equipment, just a great positive attitude!

    Throughout the course, you’ll develop practical skills in a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities including climbing, sailing, bushcraft, canoeing, mountain biking, kayaking, mountaineering and much more. You’ll also take part in work placements to explore current approaches and best practice.

    You will build up your knowledge and understanding of why and how outdoor education is used and the exciting potential that it offers. We’ll provide you with opportunities to learn how to think, research, read and write as an independent-minded and deep-thinking graduate. Along the way you will learn the essential employable skills of co-operative team working, problem solving, effective communication, self-reliance, resilience and so much more.

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Introduction to experiential outdoor education
  • Land based adventure sport
  • Expeditions: theory & practice
  • Professional & personal development
  • Foundations of coaching & instructing
  • Applied physiology & psychology for outdoor adventure
2nd Year
  • Place based outdoor education*
  • Environmental awareness through adventure sport*
  • Managing expeditions on the water*
  • Leadership in the mountains*
  • Research methods
  • Forest School & outdoor learning
  • Placement learning*
3rd Year
  • Honours project
  • Current issues in outdoor practice
  • Advanced outdoor practice*
  • Placement learning*
  • Entrepreneurship & small business management*
  • Creative practice for outdoor learning*

* Optional modules


Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of professions, including outdoor adventure centres, management training, expedition companies and local authority provision. Graduates have also joined the uniformed services. Others undertake postgraduate study, PGCE, PGDip or Masters.

ALUMNI OF BA(Hons) Outdoor Adventure Education

Current Students


Course Leader

The course is run by Su Porter, Fiona Nicholls and Dr Mark Leather. This enthusiastic team comprises decades of experience in outdoor education, plus extensive research specialisms into the benefits of learning outdoors. Their love of the outdoors is infectious, inspiring students to discover what they themselves can bring to this innovative approach to education.