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Why study with us?

We equip you with the practical skills and academic knowledge that an outdoor leader needs.

This includes technical, practical skills and transferable skills. You will learn theoretical and practical approaches to leadership, such as good communication, team working, liaison skills, self-awareness and flexible strategies.

Optional modules during the course allow you to tailor your degree to your own interests and future career direction.

As well as offering you the opportunity to hone your outdoor leadership skills in the Lake District and other UK mountain areas, the course also caters for those who want to take their skills to the next level in more challenging European mountain environments.  

The course helps you become more self-motivated and confident, so you can use your skills effectively on the course and later on in your career. Find out more.

What can this course lead to?

The course not only equips you to follow a career in the outdoor industry, it also helps you gain a transferable set of skills required by most employers. You might become a centre or freelance outdoor activities instructor, or work in related areas such as field studies, youth work, development training, outdoor retail outlets, public services, armed forces or management positions.

Alternatively you may seek a graduate level position or join a graduate training scheme with a blue chip company or similar organisation. You may, like other graduates, decide to go on to higher degrees or postgraduate teaching qualifications at the primary, secondary or tertiary level.  

Resources and facilities

The University of Cumbria is an ideal location to study Outdoor Leadership. situated in the Ambleside, in the Lake District National Park, it also offers easy access to other upland areas like the Pennines, Howgills, and Galloway Hills with their associated 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.


Home and EU students: £9,000 per academic year

International students: £10,500 per academic year

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