Our history of excellence in teaching outdoor studies goes back to the 1960s, offering full time courses for teachers and other professionals set in the wonderfully diverse landscape of the Lake District. This tradition has returned with a new suite of modules and courses to support those involved with the outdoors or experiential learning. We'll help you develop the relevant knowledge and skills to produce effective and inspiring courses in a wide range of settings.
We welcome students from all professional backgrounds, from outdoor instructors and training experts to nurses, teachers, counsellors, therapists and those involved with youth and social work. If you're considering breaking into these fields, then we provide the perfect transitionary course to help you realise your career aspirations. Make sure your skills are of the highest quality - apply for our course and help advance your personal and professional development.
Candidates can exit after 60 credits with a PGC Outdoor Learning or a PGC Experiential Learning, dependent on the modules chosen. Candidates who satisfactorily complete 120 credits gain a PGD Outdoor and Experiential Learning. There are opportunities for PhD research after achievement of a masters qualification.
You'll learn to apply innovative strategies in outdoor practice and integrate them into other spheres of teaching and learning. Your prior learning and practice will be enhanced towards further creativity, philosophical stances and methodologies. We will approach outdoor learning through experience and as a learning community through the utilisation of outdoor environments and activities as contexts.
Our course is designed to be accessible to all skill levels, whether you have a former qualification in outdoor-related studies or not. We will broaden your practice and understanding of outdoor and experiential learning, so we ask that students be enthusiastic about taking part to get the most out of the course. The programme will be taught by core staff of the Outdoor Studies department through lectures, seminars, practicals and field trips, as well as talks from key visiting lecturers.
- Outdoor and Experiential Learning: Contexts and Applications
- The Reflective Practitioner
- Theoretical Perspectives of Outdoor and Experiential Learning
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)
- Professional Practice
- Independent Study
- Know your Place: Interpretation of Place and Landscapes for Outdoor Practitioners
- Environmental Leadereship in the Outdoors
- Leadership and Democracy
- Learning from Adventure
- Therapeutic Opportunities in the Outoors
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
1st or 2nd class honours degree.
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course, please contact the Enquiry Centre for further details.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level.
Degree and/or relevant professional work experience required.
Applications are welcome from people with a good first degree (normally U.K. 2:2 or above) and/or relevant work experience. It is hoped that the courses will attract students from a variety of backgrounds and first degree subject areas from outdoor related areas through to youth work, social work, education and those with more philosophical backgrounds. International students are welcome to apply. Modules are taught in one week blocks.
Making your application
Applications should be made online directly to the university - visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.
UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
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We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.
Resources and facilities
Our premier resource is out there. We visit many different upland landscapes as part of our teaching, consultancy and research. Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, our Ambleside campus is also within reach of the Southern Uplands of Scotland, north Wales and the Pennines.
We have a range of associate instructional staff with some of the highest levels of qualifications and experience in the UK.