Adventure education is about creating learning opportunities through adventurous activities. With a focus on developmental and educational approaches through adventurous activities and the natural world, it is fundamental to the modern adventure sector as well as a significant and diverse area of future employment. As an educator in this field, you will be responsible for providing safe, adventurous experiences, promoting learning to help others to discover, reflect, and develop. The course is built on a robust framework of practical and professional experiences. You will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to plan, prepare and lead adventure education activities in potentially challenging and wild places, as well as providing strong links to all stages of the education curriculum. Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to consider the role, ethics, and values that you hold as a responsible practitioner and professional in this important field. Location: flexibility, passion, lifestyle. BA (Hons) Adventure Education is based at the School of Adventure Studies and is part of the Adventure Pathways Scheme of programmes. You will be based in Fort William, in the hub of the Outdoor Capital of the UK, living and working at the foot of Ben Nevis, in a region that is unique for its rich variety of outdoor opportunities. This gives you access to a diverse and vibrant community of like-minded students, as well as flexibility to progress into an alternative future pathway such as Adventure Tourism Management or Adventure Performance and Coaching. Future potential: broad skills for future jobs. Unlock your potential and become a future-shaper of the adventure sector. Links with other programmes in the Adventure Pathways Scheme will broaden your professional skills and expertise, giving you access to a diverse range of careers in many different adventurous settings – wherever your path takes you. Be part of the story. We work closely with Adventure Education providers, including a close partnership with the Outward Bound Trust®, to give you direct access to professional-level experiences and practice, as well as having a wide range of national and international links for opportunities like work placements, student exchanges and shared practice.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Advanced entry to year two or three may be possible with a relevant HNC/D.
UHI does not use Tariff points, and accepts a range of qualifications. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course
You may be required to attend an interview
You will be expected to demonstrate your interest in, and commitment to, outdoor activities.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with no element below 5.5|
|PTE Academic||58||58 average with 51 in each component|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||Min 80 or above with min 18 in each section|
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English in an academic environment and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The minimum English language requirements to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed below:
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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