BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership

UCAS

Course code NX23

94% overall student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2018

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Course code NX23

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Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2021
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If you’re an adventure-lover seeking a career in the outdoors, then 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. So, there are ample opportunities to learn all the academic knowledge and practical skills you need to kick-start your career as an outdoor leader.

We don’t just teach you the theory, you’ll get on with it in practice so you become a proactive and confident problem-solver able to make sound professional judgements and decisions.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

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

  • Outdoor experience is at the heart of this course with theory backed up by practice
  • Improve your competencies in mountaineering, climbing, sailing, caving and paddling
  • Explore the outdoors while developing academic, critical-thinking and valuable life skills
  • Learn to successfully lead people with the most up-to-date and best practice coaching
  • Great facilities, including indoor climbing walls and lakeside access
  • A range of outdoor equipment for you to borrow at no extra cost – including kayaks and climbing gear
  • Exciting field trips with a difference – including an expedition to Andorra
  • Taught by experienced tutors, many who are currently active in the outdoors
  • Carry out your own topical and current research to suit your interests
  • Gain valuable commercial and entrepreneurial skills – enhancing your employability
  • 94% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018)

So, if you have the desire to operate effectively and lead in challenging environments, then our uniquely-located course will provide everything you need to succeed.

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Graduate destinations

You will be well-suited to a career in the outdoor industry, gaining a transferable skill set that will make you invaluable amongst employers. You could become a centre or freelance outdoor activities instructor, or work in related areas such as field studies, youth work, development training, outdoor retail outlets, public services, armed forces or management positions. You may seek a graduate level position or join a graduate training scheme with a blue chip company or similar organisation.

Alternatively, you could go on to higher degrees or postgraduate teaching qualifications at the primary, secondary or tertiary level. Whatever you decide to do, you will be able to prove yourself as a capable and knowledgeable leader amongst your peers.

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