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Why study with us?

FdA Outdoor Education is a dynamic course that explores the competencies and knowledge needed to be a skilled outdoor educator. For many practitioners, outdoor education is seen to be the traditional description of what they do. It refers to the undertaking of activities associated with living, moving and learning in the outdoors for the intentions of personal development, environmental education or skill acquisition.

Throughout the course emphasis is placed on developing a range of professional and educational skills and knowledge that are applicable not only to outdoor instruction and education, but also other sectors within and outside the outdoor industry. In addition, emphasis is also placed on developing an advanced understanding of the practical and contemporary issues within and specific to the outdoor sector.

This course produces good quality outdoor educators who in the past have secured quality jobs in the outdoor sector. As 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 there are several work placement opportunities throughout the programme to ensure graduates gain the 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.


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