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

Crowning glory could come to mystery tree

Posted: 8 Jul 2019

A magnificent mystery maple has joined notable national species branching out in a bid to be crowned Tree of the Year. Known as the student tree, the prize oriental specimen at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus could this month join 10 hopefuls as finalists in Woodland Trust’s annual competition. Campus manager, Rob Wilson, said he was delighted by the surprise nomination and determined to find out more about the Japanese maple, described as the ‘mysterious beauty everyone loves’.

Lessons from Japan as UK upland farmers face crisis

Posted: 24 Jun 2019

One of the country’s leading uplands farming experts has warned a ‘no deal’ Brexit could push significant numbers of hill farmers out of business. Recently appointed a professor and currently director of University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, Lois Mansfield’s stark predictions come as she prepares to embark on a major factfinding visit to Japan. Prof Mansfield leaves this week on a prestigious Churchill Fellowship

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.

Campus Tour

Wed 24 Jul 2019

An opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in the heart of the Lake District.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 17 Aug 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