Applied Outdoor Adventure
Faculty of Sport, Leisure and Tourism
Level Location Length UCAS Fee Ask Apply
Higher Education - Foundation Degree Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter This is a two year, full time programme. X900 FdA/AOA Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

PLEASE NOTE - this course is no longer accepting applications for September 2017, you can however apply for September 2018. If you would like further information please contact us.

This two year programme will teach you valuable practical and theoretical skills to be able to operate within the fields of Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Activity.

The Outdoor Adventure programme enables students to obtain the knowledge and qualifications required for employment and careers in the adventure industry. The Faculty operates within a fully functioning ‘State of the Art’ Outdoor Education Centre within the heart of Exeter City itself. This unique learning environment ensures that all students have hands on experience of working and operating within the real world of Outdoor Education. Throughout the programme all students will be fully supported and encouraged to work towards and achieve their goals and ambitions.

As a student on this programme you will experience a variety of outdoor activities and work within an operating Outdoor Pursuits Centre working with schools, colleges and the community and therefore offering a broad range of opportunities to develop within the field of Outdoor Adventure.

Employer involvement and hands-on learning are integral to the course. You will benefit from the college’s employer links including Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre and organisations such as PGL.

The course is both practical and theoretical. It will be delivered within the environment of a fully operating Outdoor Education Centre and will combine the development of personal practical skills as well as the theoretical aspects covered within lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities and research. Complementing these are additional visits and guest speaker sessions.

What topics will I study?

Year 1 Modules

  •  Experiential learning: Water Skills
  •  Personal and Social Development through Outdoor Adventure
  •  The Nature and Scope of the Outdoor Industry
  •  Experiential Learning: Land Based Skills
  •  Work Based Learning
  •  The Science of Self for Outdoor Adventure
  •  Study Skills

Year 2 Modules

  •  Outdoor Adventure Journeys in the Water Environment
  •  Alternative Pursuits
  •  Outdoor Environments and Expeditions
  •  Outdoor Adventure Journeys in the Mountain Environment
  •  Outdoor and Environmental Education
  •  Research Project

This course is awarded by the UCP Marjon. Modules are subject to valuation.

Click here to view the Programme Handbook

What experiences will I get?

Opportunities will be given to attend residential session focussing on outdoor activity skills within the UK. Residentials include white water kayaking in the Alps, mountaineering in North Wales etc, at an additional cost.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A2 or AVCE programmes, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, GNVQ Advanced, an appropriate NVQ at level 3, an Access qualification or other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above. Please note, an A Level in General Studies does not count towards the 64 UCAS points.

What facilities are there?

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre - A brand new development of a £5.6 million outdoor education centre for Devon situated in the heart of Exeter nestling between the River Exe and the Exeter shipping canal offers the perfect base from where to study Outdoor Adventure and experience what it is like to operate in the industry.

What can the course lead on to?

You could progress to the third year of the BA (Hons) Outdoor Studies at the University College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth or seek employment.

Are there any additional costs?

  •  Course fees £250
  •  Outdoor kit £35 approx.
  •  National Governing Body awards available at additional cost

What do our students think?

I enrolled on the Applied Outdoor Education course because I have always had a fascination for getting out and about. From a young age I was climbing up trees, muddy banks and rock faces. Since I have been at Exeter College I have massively improved my water skills in canoes and kayaks. This is essential as we are all about to try for our 2star canoeing and kayaking. Other areas that I have improved are my climbing strength and techniques, mountain biking and also my fitness. I have enjoyed how we can have one on one’s with any of our lecturers at very short notice and if you can’t see them you will have an e-mail reply within 24 hours. I also love the extra skill sessions that we are given, this is a whole day when we can do any activities to improve our skills, techniques and performance."  Andrew

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