Exeter College

Applied Outdoor Adventure Exeter College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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The Applied Outdoor Adventure programme enables you to obtain the knowledge and qualifications required for employment and careers in the adventure industry. You will study at a state of the art outdoor education centre within the heart of Exeter. This unique learning environment ensures that you will have hands on experience of working and operating within the real world of outdoor education. Throughout the programme you will be fully supported and encouraged to work towards and achieve your goals and ambitions. You will experience a variety of outdoor activities and work within an operational outdoor pursuits centre working with schools, colleges and the community, and therefore offering a broad range of opportunities to develop within the field of outdoor adventure. Employer involvement and hands on learning are integral to the programme. You will benefit from the college’s employer links, including Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre and organisations such as PGL.

The FdA programme in Applied Outdoor Adventure based at the iconic £5.6m Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre which is situated in the heart of the city on Exeter Quay. The centre provides a unique facility that encompasses numerous classrooms all fully equipped with full IT facilities and an IT suite, 7m climbing wall, caving centre, 22m tower, dry and wet changing facilities and water front pontoon access alongside the centre for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. This facility provides an outstanding base for the delivery of the FdA programme in Applied Outdoor Adventure.

This operational setting allows students to study in a "real" work based setting in which they are regularly exposed to the reality of the Outdoor Industry. This provides a strong vocational grounding for the programme and allows access to a range of other opportunities which lie within the centre.

As a Foundation Degree graduate you will have a wide choice of educational and career opportunities throughout the private and public sectors, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

The programme offers a progression opportunity on to the 3rd year of BA. (Hons) Outdoor Studies at the
University of St Mark and St John (MarJon) subject to achieving the required grades, interview and completing a transition exercise.

There are also potential opportunities to progress to other institutions depending on your grades achieved. This may involve entry in to year 2 depending on the nature of the programme applied for.

Past students of this programme have also enjoyed a good record for employability and success following graduation of this programme. Some have found work as Ski Instructors in Canada, working for TrekCo and PGL.

Course details


Year 1 / Level 4: 7 core modules including a study skills module delivered across both
semesters and a work based learning module in semester 2.

Year 2 / Level 5: 6 core modules.
All Modules are 20 credits and typically include:

Year 1: Experiential Learning: Water Skills, Personal & Social Development in Outdoor Adventure, Nature & Scope of Outdoor Adventure, Experiential Learning: Land Skills, Work Based Learning, the Science of Self for Outdoor Adventure.

Year 2: Outdoor Adventure journeys in a water environment, Alternative pursuits, Outdoor Environments & Expeditions, Outdoor Adventure journeys in a mountain environment, Outdoor & Environmental Education, Research Project.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code X900
Institution code E81
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points 64 UCAS points minimum

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,995 Year 1
England £6,995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,995 Year 1
Scotland £6,995 Year 1
Wales £6,995 Year 1

Additional fee information

Outdoor Kit : £35 approx

Provider information

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Exeter College
St Davids Building
Hele Road

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