Are you an adventurous type looking to take a career based outside? Then we're here to get you set on the right path with a degree that will develop your outdoor and environmental skills. You'll have unrivalled access to outdoor facilities across the Lake District, from rivers and lakes to mountains and crags, where you'll develop your knowledge of the environment and be encouraged to create contemporary approaches to teaching and learning in the outdoors.
We provide a broad range of modules, allowing you to take a generalised or specialist path through the course, and encourage your innovation and creativity at all times. You'll have the opportunity to travel independently through Europe, having your own adventures that explore the environment and enrich your studies by putting the skills you've learnt into practice.
With several work-based experiences throughout and direct experience with many of the country's leading outdoor employers, you'll be well suited to take up a position soon after graduation. Our course is designed to give you the best start for your professional life, with our graduates highly valued by major employers.
Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.
Course Study Options
We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year- follow the link for more informationIntegrated Foundation Year
Your studies will be based around practical experiences to reinforce your knowledge. We will enable you to critically evaluate the sustainability of your actions and those of others, helping you seek solutions to foster just, equitable and sustainable futures. Throughout the course you will be challenged to share your learning and practice with others.
We have several residential experiences that will allow full immersion in the environment, learning contextual knowledge and understanding. These are powerful experiences that allow you to hone your skills as an outdoor practitioner. You will develop empathy and gain a critical understanding of the environment whilst we nurture your sense of adventure, preparing you for a rich and exciting career at the end of the course.
- Earth, Wind and Fire
- Exploring Research Outdoors
- Outdoor Living/Learning and Adventure
- Habitats and Ecosystems
- European Mountains: Ecology, Culture and Travel
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)
- Environmental Aesthetics
- Recreation in Woodland
- Traditional and Innovative Approaches in the Outdoors
- Physical Geography for Outdoor Educators
- Dissertation (with various options)
- Adventure and Environmental Ethics
- Wilding and Conservation
Optional modules (subject to availability and demand)
- Participant Coaching
- Ice and Snow (Cold Environments)
- International Applications of Outdoor Education
- Outdoor and Environmental Education
- Therapeutic applications
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
104-120 UCAS tariff points. Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience. We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.
You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.
Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
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.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. 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.
See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
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. The PDF link below provides an overview of these costs for this course.Additional costs
This course is designed for students wanting to pursue careers within outdoor education, including for primary and secondary schools. You'll be suited for work as a national park officer or in therapeutic and personal development contexts of outdoor work, environmental education, expedition leadership and emerging fields applied to the outdoors in health and well being. Graduates will also be well equipped to enter postgraduate education.
Resources and facilities
We realise that having access to great outside venues is a cornerstone of outdoors education, which is why you'll love being able to use the many facilities available in the Lake District. You can use a fantastic range of equipment to further your studies, including boats, climbing racks and more. With so many outdoor providers, you'll have plenty of opportunities to gain experience and even paid freelance work.
You'll also be able to develop your portfolio through taking several National Governing Body courses at discounted prices. We also run expeditions abroad to help you put what you've learnt into practice in a different culture.