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Learn the intricacies of teaching outdoor and adventure activities to young people
Our highly-practical BA (Hons) Outdoor and Adventure Education course allows you to develop your skills and abilities in various outdoor and adventure activities.
You will consider psychological and physiological impacts of these activities, as well as how to use them to educate and coach children and young people.
The course offers modules that focus on developing personal performance in key activities like climbing, surfing, canoeing and kayaking with optional modules to cater for broader tastes like scuba diving and forest schools.
As you progress through the degree you can specialise in the coaching, teaching, or applied psychology of adventure sports, as well as the physiological effects of these activities and the extreme environments they often take place in.
The course has been running for over 20 years, making it one of the longest running courses of its type in the UK.
Built-in work placements
The course comes with a dedicated work placement year that allows you to travel anywhere in the world, as well as regular residential trips every semester.
Your one-year work placement can be undertaken anywhere in the world, with many students selecting placement experiences in adventure capitals such as New Zealand, Canada, and the USA.
On this course you will:
- Enrol on the only validated four year Outdoor and Adventure Education degree in the UK.
- Develop your skills in a variety of outdoor and adventure sports and activities alongside fundamental pedagogical theories.
- Choose to specialise in the coaching, teaching, psychological impacts, or physiological effects of adventure activities and sports.
- Take part in our dedicated one year work placement option that allows you to go anywhere in the world.
- Join the only programme in the UK that offers regular residential trips in addition to normal contact hours.
Learn the links between outdoor and adventure activities and physiology or psychology
Our BA (Hons) Outdoor and Adventure Education offers you modules that focus on developing personal performance in key activities like climbing, surfing, canoeing and kayaking with additional options to cater for broader tastes like scuba diving and forest schools.
You will have the opportunity to select modules that allow you to specialise in the coaching, teaching, or applied psychology of adventure sports, as well as the physiological effects of these activities and the extreme environments they often take place in.
Select a year
Contemporary Issues in Outdoor and Adventure Education
Contemporary, organised, and facilitated outdoor and adventure education in the U.K has a recent but rich history. This module aims to explore the key historical antecedents of contemporary experiential, outdoor and adventure education. This module also aims to examine the efficacy of contemporary outdoor and adventure education as well as exploring possible futures for this well- developed area of study in the U.K and beyond.
Gain vital first-hand experience to increase your employability
During the third year of your degree, you will undertake a placement year. Our year-long placement differentiates us from all other similar degrees.
In conjunction with the teaching team, you will plan a a year of working in the adventure industry, personal adventuring, and experiences that count towards governing body awards.
Whilst you are encouraged to find your own placements, we have developed a network of contacts worldwide that can help you find the right option for you.
Some student placements have included:
- Working for a dog-sled team in Norway, teaching and guiding (after some training of course!)
- Surf coach in Sri Lanka
- Teaching sailing in China
- Teaching in a school in Korea
- Teaching skiing in Canada.
Teaching and Assessment
Apply theory to practice through our highly-practical approach
You’ll build subject knowledge and practical experience through core modules in all years with option modules allowing you to specialise more in years two and four.
Your learning will centre around the application of theory to practice, where each module will have practical application of academic frameworks to relevant outdoor and adventure activities and contexts.
The work placement year develops your practical skills, knowledge of the diverse nature of the outdoor sector, theory in practice, and professional skills.
Your teaching will comprise of:
- Small group lectures
- Small group practicals to allow for maximum personal skill progression e.g. kayaking, climbing
- Blended practicals focussing on bringing theory to life
- Off-campus visits
- Laboratory practicals
- Small group seminars
- Individual tutorials
- Residential field trips.
You will typically study four modules each semester with each module worth 15 credits to gain 120 credits to complete each academic level.
Modules are assessed usually at the end of each semester with most modules having at least two modes of assessment.
Assessment comprises of:
- Plans and proposals
- Commentaries and reviews
- Short exams.
Become fully prepared for a wide range of careers in the outdoors and related fields
We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.
Our focus on theory in practice ensure that our BA (Hons) Outdoor and Adventure Education are prepared for a wide variety of career routes.
Teaching is a popular graduate destination in the UK and abroad, as is performance coaching and entrepreneurship in the outdoor sector, with small but growing numbers of graduates successful in setting up their own adventure-based business.
Potential career options include:
- Education and teaching
- Adventure tourism
- Recreation and leisure management
- Risk management
- Conservation management
- Harbour Master
- The police
Many graduates have continued with their studies gaining Master’s Degrees in physiology, psychology and education.
Some graduates have also gained scholarships for doctoral studies leading to lecturing in Higher Education and research in the UK and overseas.
Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.