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Outdoor Education

Location:
Ambleside, The Lake District
Duration:
2, 4 year/s
Mode of study:
Full-time, Part-time
Start date:
September 2014
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Finance:
Contact:

Why study with us?

This course produces good quality outdoor educators who in the past have secured quality jobs in the outdoor sector.

We are one of the biggest schools of outdoor education/studies in the world (largest in Europe) we have a highly regarded, world class course and staff team.

We have the Cumbrian mountain environment literally on our doorstep with a wealth of climbing, mountaineering, white water and educational venues to choose from. Our experienced staff help our students to develop high quality outdoor education skills and knowledge. We also travel further afield to Scotland for winter trips and mainland Europe for some fieldwork.

What can this course lead to?

Successful graduates from the foundation degree can study on a ‘Top Up’ course, such as the University of Cumbria BA in Outdoor Education.  

Our graduates often go on to work in the outdoor education field, in centres or youth organisations. Some of our graduates work in activity specific careers such as mountain bike instruction, mountaineering and water sports instruction.  

Being a foundation degree we have clear goals of employment at the end of the course. Therefore a compulsory work experience placement in the summer of year 1 ensures graduates have experience which employers are very keen for.

Resources and facilities

The Ambleside campus is an ideal location to study outdoor leadership. 

Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, it offers easy access to a wide range of crags, lakes, caves and rivers. It also has good motorway access to mountainous areas further afield in Scotland, Snowdonia and the Peak District. The university offers a wealth of resources in equipment and staffing expertise.

We have excellent resources to help students learn and develop in outdoor education; from fleets of canoes and kayaks to high ropes courses.

The campus also has a good level of research activity and in summer 2006 hosted an international outdoor research conference.

Academic skills and knowledge development are well supported through excellent learning resources on the campus and online.

Students are allocated a PAT in the first few weeks of the course. Students will be asked to attend one group and one individual tutorials per semester i.e. four tutorials per year. Group tutorials support your work towards assignments and are often spent analysing assignment questions or reviewing referencing protocols. Individual tutorials support your academic progress from a personal viewpoint. Come to these sessions with questions, draft assignments or assignment briefs so that staff can support your personal needs as best as possible. Tutorials are a compulsory part of your course. It is essential that you attend these so that staff can help you monitor your progress.   

Have a look at our learning resources for Outdoor Studies.

Modules

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course (PDF).

Course summary

In the first year you take part in a variety of practical outdoor activities whilst in the second year you focus on the development of a specific activity. Practical activities are one strand throughout the first and second year; experiential learning and work experience mean that you get the opportunity for ‘real work’ experience through local outdoor activity providers. We also travel to Scotland for winter trips and for fieldwork. 

Additional practical experience can be gained through numerous extra-curricula activities that occur throughout the year. For example, climbing, paddling or skiing trips have been offered in the UK, Europe and the United States.  

There is the opportunity for you to work towards and complete National Governing Body awards as a part of our comprehensive Professional Development Programme. Completion of the two year course allows direct entry into the third year of the BA (Hons) Outdoor Education.   

Entry requirements

100 UCAS tariff points

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Credit and UCAS requirements

UCAS code: X900A
UCAS points: 100

Selection criteria

No previous outdoor experience is needed but it is important to have a passion for being and working out of doors.

Due to our excellent reputation in the field of Outdoor Studies, we receive a high volume of applications for this course. Consequently, all applicants should expect to be interviewed by one of our tutors as part of the admissions process.

All places are offered subject to successful Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.

Applications are particularly welcome from mature students returning to education. 

Costs

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Full-time students

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The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £7,000.

As a full-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan (up to £5,500) and a maintenance grant (up to £3,354). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The university is part of the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) which is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. The scholarships are non-repayable and will be allocated after 31 August 2014. Students will be told if they have been allocated a scholarship in September 2014.

We have 213 full-time NSP awards worth £4,000 in total - £1,000 cash and a £1000 fee waiver in year one and then £1,000 cash in years two and three. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England will be subject to Government guidance and regulations.

Please note: the above information has recently been updated due to changes in Government policy and is currently subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 85 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2014.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:


EU

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £7,000.

As a full-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 a year (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The university is part of the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) which is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. The scholarships are non-repayable and will be allocated after 31 August 2014. Students will be told if they have been allocated a scholarship in September 2014.

We have 213 full-time NSP awards worth £4,000 in total - £1,000 cash and a £1000 fee waiver in year one and then £1,000 cash in years two and three. Specific criteria will apply and awards to students living outside of England will be subject to Government guidance and regulations.

Please note: the above information has recently been updated due to changes in Government policy and is currently subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access.

Cumbria Bursary

The Cumbria Bursary is an annual cash award of £1,000 for up to three years of study. There are 85 Cumbria Bursaries available in 2014.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:


International

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £10,500. 

Fees are billed annually and may be paid by the student or a sponsor. 75 percent of the annual tuition fees must be paid before or at registration. For students requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, a deposit of £3,500 is expected as a minimum before a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) will be issued. For more information, visit our international student finance page.

Early payment discount

If you are paying your own fees, you may be eligible for an early payment discount of £1,000. This discount is awarded to students who pay in full before registration.

International scholarship

If you are studying a full-time bachelor's degree (excluding teacher training and NHS-funded courses) or a top-up degree, you may be eligible for an international scholarship. The university has nine scholarships available. Find out more on our scholarships page.

Additional financial support

Our money doctors will be on hand throughout the year to help you manage your money while you’re in the UK. However, if you do happen to run into financial difficulty during your time here, you may be able to access a small emergency support fund.


Part-time students

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The tuition fee for students starting study in the 2014/15 academic year is £7,000. This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £3,500 per year (where the full-time option takes three years).

As a part-time UK student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 (if you're from England) or £15,795 (if you're from Scotland). For more information about student loans and grants, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. We also have 26 part-time NSP awards (worth £2,000 in total over the first three years of the course - £500 cash and a £500 fee waiver in year one and then £500 in years two and three).

Please note: the above information has recently been updated due to changes in Government policy and is currently subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:


EU

The tuition fee for the 2014/15 academic year has been set at £7,000. This fee is billed annually. For part-time students, the annual fee is calculated based on the number of years you take to complete your course. For example, a student studying part-time for six years may expect to pay £3,500 per year (where the full-time option takes three years).

As a part-time EU student, you are entitled to a tuition fee loan which doesn’t have to be repaid until you start earning £21,000 a year (or the equivalent in your country). For more information about student loans, visit our student finance page.

Additional funding

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme is designed to support students with a household income of less than £25,000. We also have 26 part-time NSP awards (worth £2,000 in total over the first three years of the course - £500 cash and a £500 fee waiver in year one and then £500 in years two and three).

Please note: the above information has recently been updated due to changes in Government policy and is currently subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access.

More financial support

Access to financial support doesn’t end at registration. We have several awards and support funds available to our current students, including:


Additional contact information

Mark Lawton, Course Leader, FdA Outdoor Education
Mark.Lawton@cumbria.ac.uk


Find out more at www.cumbria.ac.uk/outdoorstudies

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