FDA Adventure Tourism


Course code N800

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Course code N800

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Duration Full-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2022
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Adventure tourism and travel is a dynamic and expanding sector of the global tourism industry. Recognising the challenges that the global community faces, this degree has been designed to provide you with the skills needed to deliver sustainable high quality, stimulating and safe experiences, both locally and globally. Delivered in the heart of the Lake District National Park and World Heritage site the Foundation Degree in Adventure Tourism is a dynamic course that takes a prominent role in the University of Cumbria’s national and international rural and visitor economy portfolio.

Adventure tourism clients and customers can expect high quality service, a well thought out itinerary, a safe and stimulating experience and all provided with cultural and ecological sensitivities. Throughout the programme, emphasis is on developing your range of professional and educational skills and knowledge that are applicable to not only adventure tourism but also other sectors within and outside the outdoor sector. You will cover areas such personal outdoor skills, organisational and logistical skills, interpersonal skills and develop a thorough understanding of adventure tourism.

In addition, there will be an emphasis on developing an advanced understanding of the practical and contemporary and controversial issues within and specific to the adventure tourism sector. As such this degree has been written taking particular heed to the U.N Sustainable Development Goals.

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Integral to the programme are a series of residential experiences. These vary in duration and location, but provide a significant opportunity for you to apply learning to practice and replicate where appropriate some of the potential employment opportunities that currently exist within adventure tourism. Previous destinations have included Picos to Europa, Kazakstan, North Wales, Pyrenees and Cairngorms. In providing opportunity for the acquisition of practiced based knowledge through delivery of teaching sessions, part-time employment, a placement or through voluntary work you will acquire practical experience in adventure tourism.

You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and development, evidenced through the completion of extended work based and placement experiences. This opportunity to undertake organised periods of work experience to further enhance development of transferrable skills and further develop a network of employment contacts is provided through modules at both Level 4 and Level 5. Placements are designed to allow you to engage directly with employers. At Level 4 the placement will be based locally and will be centred around the development of personal and professional skills and knowledge that will equip you for graduate employment; at Level 5 the second placement will, where appropriate, be arranged by yourself and may be undertaken overseas. The focus of this second placement is to apply your theoretical knowledge of adventure tourism within a specific adventure tourism provider.

In providing significant opportunities of working with external groups the FdA Adventure Tourism programme is designed to equip you with the key transferable skills that will enable you to perform effectively both in further academic study and also in future employment. Throughout the programme you will be introduced to concepts, knowledge and skills related to the subject area of adventure and tourism which can be further explored and critically appraised through progression onto the BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management.

Graduate destinations

Through completing this programme amongst other things, you will develop your operational skills, your ability to work with and lead others and be innovative in product design. You may then choose to deliver skills training or recreational outdoor adventure. You may then go on to create your own business in the broad field of outdoor learning and adventure or upon graduating continue your studies and take another year to complete the BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management (top-up) (subject to validation).  The programme will help you to realise the opportunities and potential that you can create. 

Adventure Tourism is seen by many as the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. This growth is set against a climate of economic and climatic uncertainties and as such requires a considered and sustainable approach in order to be sensitive to environmental, economic and cultural concerns. It is therefore essential that the sector reflect this through the educating and development of future outdoor adventure tourism employees. There are a wide range of employment opportunities involved in adventure tourism including, trip planner, travel guide, event managers, accommodation hosts, marketing directors and in public relations. You may work for a private company that provides tours, or within a National Park or outdoor activity centre. You may choose to establish your own adventure tourism business through making use of the world wide web. You may choose to focus on your employment on health and wellbeing or align yourself with the UKs, A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment.

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