FDA Outdoor Education

UCAS

Course code X900

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UCAS

Course code X900

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Looking for a dynamic course that will give you the opportunities and knowledge to be a skilled outdoor educator? Well, what better place than within 912-square miles of the iconic Lake District National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

You’ll have an outdoor classroom quite literally on your doorstep – with more than 150 lofty peaks, 16 lakes and an abundance of rivers.

During your studies, you’ll develop the professional competencies and knowledge needed to be a skilled outdoor educator, together with an advanced understanding of the practical and contemporary issues within this exciting sector, giving your future career an edge.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

We’re one of the largest providers of outdoor study degrees in the UK – and our Ambleside-based course is the only one in the UK in a National Park.

Our aim is that the complex environments you’ll live and learn in will enable you to become a confident, problem-solving individual, able to make sound professional judgements and decisions.

  • The only UK Outdoor Education degree course based in a National Park
  • Explore the great outdoors while developing academic, critical-thinking and valuable life skills
  • Learn to operate in challenging environments
  • Great facilities, including indoor climbing walls and lakeside access
  • Well-equipped – including kayaks and climbing gear that you can borrow at no extra cost
  • Taught by academic tutors involved in current research, which will inform your learning
  • Develop transferable skills to suit a wide range of careers, including teaching and coaching
  • Gain valuable commercial and entrepreneurial skills - enhancing your employability
  • Comprehensive Upskill Programme enables you to develop your own practical performance and work towards National Governing Body awards

You’ll be located in Ambleside with plenty of opportunity during your studies, and in your free time, to experience and enjoy the great outdoors – without driving for miles.

So, there are ample opportunities to learn all the academic knowledge and practical skills you need to kick-start further academic study or future employment.

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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.

Graduate destinations

We have had students move on to working in the outdoor education field in centres and youth organisations, providing instruction for mountain biking, mountaineering and water sports. You'll be well equipped for employment with several work placement opportunities throughout the programme, opening up new doors to help you get the career you want.

News and Events

Global focus for Lakes’ survival trailblazer

Posted: 13 Aug 2019

A Lake District-based bushcraft expert has spoken to leading international figures and specialists in military survival at a global gathering in Canada. A lecturer in outdoor studies at University of Cumbria (UoC), Dr Lisa Fenton told around 300 delegates from across America, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Norway and Holland about a ‘transformative’ process linking people back to the natural world.

The desire to teach – it’s in the family!

Posted: 25 Jul 2019

A North Yorkshire couple who found love whilst training to be teachers in the Lake District almost 30 years ago have returned to Cumbria to watch their daughter graduate. Katie Pritchard-Jenkins, 21, has completed her BSc Outdoor Adventure and Environment degree at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus and is planning to follow her parents’ example and become a teacher. Her proud parents Adam and Gill trained at the same site 30 years ago when it was known as Charlotte Mason College.

How to Choose a University

Posted: 21 Mar 2019

Amy here, a 1st year Outdoor Leadership student. In relation to choosing a university I can only draw from personal and peer experiences, therefore I will probably be a little biased towards my own (brilliant) course. Nevertheless, I will endeavour to impart practical, honest and mostly relevant advice that will help you compare universities and courses.

Postgraduate Open Day

Sat 9 Nov 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 9 Nov 2019

Come and join us at our Ambleside campus on the 10 November and discover your future - explore our campus, meet our staff and students and find out more about coming to the University of Cumbria