Outdoor Adventure Education at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS

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Course summary

The BA Outdoor Adventure Education programme is designed to provide an academically rigorous and vocationally relevant degree. Principally, the programme is designed to integrate the practical and vocational skills necessary to work in the outdoor sector with strong academic understanding and appreciation of broader principles relating to fields of pedagogy, psychology, sociology, wellbeing and philosophy. Whilst the programme provides an ideal foundation for work within the field of outdoor adventure, it has also proven highly suitable for a range of other employment roles that are emerging within health, education and physical activity more generally. UWTSD Carmarthen is uniquely placed in terms of access to a range of world-class activity locations, such as: the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These areas offer some of the best sea kayaking, coasteering, mountain biking and rock climbing in the world. We are also extremely well placed for hillwalking, caving, white-water kayaking and woodland based activities. The programme has established its own discrete accommodation: Cynefin. This dedicated space offers fantastic opportunities to further develop the programme with enhanced access to resources, improved teaching spaces and on-site facilities that further promote the key objective of integrating theory and practice. The programme team aim to create an inclusive environment where all staff and learners feel safe, valued, respected and are able to fulfil their potential. The programme is structured to allow students to engage in seasonal work.


Year One – Level 4 (CertHE and BA) Adventure a Risk Worth Taking (20 credits; compulsory) Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) Ecology of Adventure (20 credits; compulsory) Facilitating Adventurous Activities (20 credits; compulsory) Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) The Great Outdoors (20 credits; compulsory). Theoretical Issues in Outdoor Pursuits (20 credits; available to Hobart Williams Smith Summer School students only) Year Two – Level 5 (BA) Developing your Professional Profile (Placement; CM) Research in Health, Exercise and Physical Education (20 credits; CM) Discovering Outdoor Lifestyles (20 credits; optional) Foundations for High Quality Physical and Outdoor Learning (20 credits; optional) Psychology of Personal Adventure (20 credits; compulsory) Sustainable Journeys (20 credits; compulsory) Understanding Adventure Leadership (20 credits; compulsory). Year Three – Level 6 (BA) Coaching Pedagogy (20 credits; optional) Critical Incidents in Adventurous Activities (20 credits; compulsory) Curriculum Adventure (20 credits; optional) Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) Landscape and Sustainable Recreation (20 credits; compulsory) Perspectives on Outdoor Education (20 credits; compulsory).

Assessment method

The aim of the assessments are to enable students to demonstrate that they have met the aims of the programme and achieved the learning outcomes of each module. Given the practical nature of the programme, assessments are devised to maximise the link between theory and practice and allow students to demonstrate intellectual rigour and to reflect critically on their own experiences. A variety of formats are used for coursework and practical assessments, including: • Portfolios • Practical teaching/coaching • Essays • Journals • Presentations • Digital media.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

In choosing to study at university you are making a considerable investment in your future and it is a decision that we take seriously. We will make every effort to ensure that your experience as a student here will help you to develop your potential to the full. We will provide you with sound academic knowledge, but we also believe that the rich diversity of cultural and social experiences that you will have as a student here will help you develop a range of personal and professional qualities as we believe that these are both equally important considerations when choosing a university.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

Additional fee information

All additional costs detailed in this section are indicative. It is recognised, for example, that the precise costs associated with a field trip could vary from year to year. Mandatory • Uniform bundle - essential safety: circa £200; Level 4 only. • Residential visit – accommodation fees: £100; Level 4. • Residential visit – accommodation fees: £100; Level 5. Optional • Expedition fee: £100; Level 6.
Outdoor Adventure Education at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS