University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Adventure Tourism

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Course summary

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Adventure tourism and travel is a dynamic and expanding sector of the global tourism industry. Recognising the challenges that the global community faces, this degree has been designed to provide you with the skills needed to deliver sustainable high quality, stimulating and safe experiences, both locally and globally. Delivered in the heart of the Lake District National Park and World Heritage site the Foundation Degree in Adventure Tourism is a dynamic course that takes a prominent role in the University of Cumbria's national and international rural and visitor economy portfolio. Adventure tourism clients and customers can expect high-quality service, a well thought out itinerary, a safe and stimulating experience and all provided with cultural and ecological sensitivities. Throughout the programme, emphasis is on developing your range of professional and educational skills and knowledge that are applicable to not only adventure tourism but also other sectors within and outside the outdoor sector. You will cover areas such personal outdoor skills, organisational and logistical skills, interpersonal skills and develop a thorough understanding of adventure tourism. In addition, there will be an emphasis on developing an advanced understanding of the practical and contemporary and controversial issues within and specific to the adventure tourism sector. As such this degree has been written taking particular heed to the U.N Sustainable Development Goals. Integral to the programme are a series of residential experiences. These vary in duration and location, but provide a significant opportunity for you to apply learning to practice and replicate where appropriate some of the potential employment opportunities that currently exist within adventure tourism. Previous destinations have included Picos to Europa, Kazakstan, North Wales, Pyrenees and Cairngorms. In providing opportunity for the acquisition of practiced based knowledge through delivery of teaching sessions, part-time employment, a placement or through voluntary work you will acquire practical experience in adventure tourism. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and development, evidenced through the completion of extended work-based and placement experiences. This opportunity to undertake organised periods of work experience to further enhance development of transferrable skills and further develop a network of employment contacts is provided through modules at both Level 4 and Level 5. Placements are designed to allow you to engage directly with employers. At Level 4 the placement will be based locally and will be centred around the development of personal and professional skills and knowledge that will equip you for graduate employment; at Level 5 the second placement will, where appropriate, be arranged by yourself and may be undertaken overseas. The focus of this second placement is to apply your theoretical knowledge of adventure tourism within a specific adventure tourism provider. In providing significant opportunities of working with external groups the FdA Adventure Tourism programme is designed to equip you with the key transferable skills that will enable you to perform effectively both in further academic study and also in future employment. Throughout the programme you will be introduced to concepts, knowledge and skills related to the subject area of adventure and tourism which can be further explored and critically appraised through progression onto the BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management.

Course details


Year one: Adventure Tourism 1, Outdoor Adventure Skills and Learning, Operational Management, Living and Working in Groups, Placement 1: Consider Your Place, Year two: Adventure Tourism 2, Outdoor Skill Acquisition, Managing Groups Outdoors, Placement 2: Adventure Destinations, Choose one of three options: Health and Wellbeing (Optional), Sustainable Outdoor Event Management (Optional), Exploring Coastal Environments (Optional)

Assessment method

1. Develop a critical awareness of eco-tourism practices within the adventure and outdoor sectors 2. Critically evaluate and apply key concepts underpinning the eco-tourism and outdoor adventure sectors, utilising both theoretical and practical activity in an experiential context 3. Prepare students for a future career in adventure tourism organisations or related occupations

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeN800
Institution code C99
Campus nameAmbleside
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma M: 21 credits P: 25 credits Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at Level 3.
Scottish Higher CDDD

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 £10500 Year 1

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Adventure Tourism at University of Cumbria - UCAS