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Course summary

You have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to share it with others. Studying our outdoor and experiential learning top-up course will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and experience in outdoor education whilst enjoying great facilities at our Lake District campus. This course is designed for you if you have a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in outdoor education, or similar. And it's perfect if you haven’t got a firm career path in mind. Course Overview If you’re an adventure-lover seeking a career in the outdoors, and have completed a related foundation degree or HND, then what better place to study outdoor and experiential learning than within 912 square miles of the iconic Lake District National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From your unrivalled base in Ambleside, you’ll have more than 150 lofty peaks, 16 lakes and an abundance of rivers – quite literally a classroom on your doorstep. And you’ll use it often, because we don’t separate practical experience from academic knowledge – it is integral to it – so you’ll always back up your theoretical knowledge with real-life scenarios. On this course you will...

  • Be able to work with a range of groups in order to further develop your facilitation skills.
  • Be able to undertake a personal research project on a subject of your choice which will help you in your future career aspirations.
  • Have access to a range of outdoor equipment that you can utilise in your free time to further develop your technical skills.
  • Be part of a larger community of students and share some modules which will help with your networking and opportunity to make the most of your time in Cumbria.
What you will learn If you have a foundation degree or HND in outdoor adventure or a related subject, you may be wondering how you can put your knowledge towards starting a career. That’s where our top-up course in Outdoor and Experiential Learning comes in. We’ll help you focus towards using your skills to get a job, underpinning theoretical concepts with a practical element to show you how Outdoor and Experiential Learning can be applied in a vocational setting. You’ll gain creative skills, confidence and the interpersonal skills needed to be a highly desired employee. Year One
  • Outdoor Experiential Education: Theory and Practice
  • Outdoor Education Contexts
  • Bridging the Gap: Research Skills
  • Dissertation
Optional Modules
  • International Applications of Outdoor Education
  • Leadership in Complex Skill Environments
  • Therapeutic Experiences in the Outdoors
  • Participant Coaching in Outdoor Activities

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Outdoor and Experiential Learning (Top-up) at University of Cumbria - UCAS