Outdoor Adventurous Activities Foundation degree

Duration Full time: 2 years
Part-time: 4 years

This foundation degree will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for successful employment in the outdoor adventurous activities sector. The outdoor adventurous education facilities at Plumpton College have been developed to include an indoor climbing wall. The College’s new residential centre in the heart of Snowdonia offers unique opportunities for fulfilling your skill potential.

Before enrolling at Plumpton College, I engaged in many outdoor activities including mountaineering, mountain biking and scuba diving. Plumpton gave me the ability to develop as an individual, leader and professional within the outdoor industry. I was able to partake in many activities, I would not otherwise have been able to experience and through the guidance and tuition of the dedicated outdoor adventurous education team, I have been able to develop a deeper understanding of the theories and models behind the facilitation and implementation of Outdoor Adventurous Activies. Plumpton was a truely life changing experience, I was able to enhance my skills and my knowledge within a friendly, welcoming and enjoyable environment.

Ciaran Hannington, FdSc Outdoor Adventurous Activities graduate 

Course structure

The course is delivered through practical and theory lectures, expeditions and day trips. There are also opportunities for expeditions to areas including North Wales, Scotland, the Peak District and overseas locations as well as the College’s centre in Snowdonia.

Areas of study

Areas of study include practical activities, philosophies, environmental education, social and cultural aspects of outdoor activities as well as areas such as business management, The work placement modules in years 1 and 2 provide a valuable insight into the industry and possible contacts for future employment.

Professional accreditation

Students are encouraged to study for industry qualifications with the Mountain Leader Training Board, the Royal Yachting Association and the British Canoe Union. Whilst on the course you will have the opportunity to study for National Governing Body (NGB) outdoor adventurous education-related qualifications, and to undertake a work placement which provides a valuable insight into the industry and enables you to make possible contacts for future employment.

Career and progression opportunities

Graduates will be in a position to apply for supervisory or instructor positions in a number of areas within the outdoor adventurous educational sector. These may include outdoor adventurous education centres, specialist centres that cater for students with challenging behaviour, the wider national and international expedition industry, adventure travel services and freelance instructional work. Students may also be able to progress to a relevant honours degree course.

Module in focus

Practical Outdoor Adventurous Activities

This module will develop your skills in land and waterbased outdoor activities and develop your knowledge and understanding of their applications to different user groups. You will participate in land and water-based activities and record your experience in a log book. You will undertake a site report on a location in the south-east of England in order to understand the impact that the choice of location has on the activities we undertake.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • assess a range of outdoor activities for their suitability to meet the needs of a range of participants
  • demonstrate knowledge of outdoor activities available in the UK
  • demonstrate understanding of the importance of the choice of location for practical outdoor adventurous activities
  • self-evaluate practical skills in a range of land and water-based activities.

You will develop skills and knowledge in:

  • The key issues surrounding land and water-based outdoor activities and their applications to different user groups
  • how outdoor activities meet the needs of various participants
  • practical land and water-based activities
  • understanding the impacts of weather and choice of location on the activities to be undertaken.

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Plumpton College

For Full time applications please apply via UCAS at www.ucas.com
For CPD/Part time course please complete this application form (pdf) Download Adobe PDF
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