BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Education

  • BA Outdoor Education
  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education
  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education

92% of UWTSD’s BA Outdoor Adventure Education were satisfied with their course – NSS 2018.

Wales’ leading Outdoor Adventure Education Degree blends both programmes of theoretical modules designed specifically to meet the growing career opportunities within the outdoor sector.

Delivered from our Newly refurbished Activity Base, Cynefin, which has direct access onto the River Towy, the Wales Coast Path, and our very own Bike Track. As well as a Forest School area and Camp Site.

Why study with us? 

  • The birthplace of Coasteering
  • 5 Mountain Bike trail centres plus Bike Park Wales
  • World-renowned limestone Caving
  • Over 3000 sea cliff rock climbs
  • National and International water sports centres…all within 60 min. drive!

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 3L2N
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
Contact Name:
Denise Leonard
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Language Choice:
English   Welsh

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The Outdoor Adventure Education degree has a fundamental emphasis on exploring the relationship between sound theory and good practice.

Progressive in nature: Initially students are provided with foundation skills both within academic skills and practical activities. Subsequently this foundation together with on-going support enables students to engage positively with challenges of both a physical and intellectual nature. The outcome is that students develop as critically aware and reflective individuals able to deal proactively with the dynamic and challenging situations that are commonplace in abroad range of current and future working environments.

  • The Great Outdoors?
  • Perspectives on Outdoor Education
  • Pedagogy of Place: Sustainable Outdoor Education
  • Facilitating Adventurous Activities
  • Professional Development and Practice
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Psychology of Adventure
  • From Desks to Dens
  • Making Safety Personal (practical based)
  • Adventure: A Risk Worth Taking (practical based)
  • Personal Skills Development (practical based)
  • Expedition Leadership (practical based)
  • Research Methods in Health and Physical Activity
  • Independent Study (Dissertation)

The BA Outdoor Adventure Education is studied on the Carmarthen campus, which offers a friendly and very personal learning experience.  All the lecturing staff are based on campus and are easily accessible for tutorials to support your studies. Lecturing staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, are accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning and have Masters Degrees or Doctoral qualifications.  Additionally all Outdoor Education staff have extensive practical experience and hold a broad range of governing body awards.

The campus is only 15 miles east of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the fantastic mountain bike trails of Brechfa.  More biking is just down the road at Afan Argoed, Glyncorrwg, and Bike Park Wales.  For water lovers, we have a partnership with a local paddlesport center with excellent access to recreational and competitive equipment and coaching.  The nearby Gower peninsular and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offer unrivaled opportunities for coasteering, surfing, sea kayaking and sea cliff climbing.  On campus Outdoor Adventure Education students enjoy free access to the swimming pool, health suite, and climbing wall.  The Students’ Union provides an extensive array of sporting clubs and leisure activities.

In line with the philosophy underpinning the degree, there is a strong emphasis on learning and teaching methods in the assessment of modules. While good quality of personal performance is encouraged, it is not a focus of assessment in the practical based modules.

Students learn how to present a balanced evidenced argument through their formal written work, as well as via individual and group presentations. Within the final year students will design and conduct their own research project or critical portfolio in a specialist area of their choice. Specific types of assessments include; essays, presentations (group and individual), practical tasks, examinations (seen and unseen papers).

96 UCAS points or subject to interview. Mature students with significant personal experience or experience of working in The Great Outdoors particularly welcomed.

Our Outdoor Adventure Education graduates from pursue a broad range of career paths: Many enter onto graduate placements with outdoor education centres, become self-employed or start up their own businesses, whilst others enter graduate schemes with environmental organisations or services such as the army or the police.  Several students have been taken on as employees following successful work placements with the youth service and local outdoor centres. Others have successfully undertaken postgraduate study on our Master’s degree in Outdoor Education or have completed PGCE courses and are now teaching in primary or secondary schools.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Two 5-day residential trips to Urdd centre Glan Llyn - £200

(£100 per trip – one in the first year, one in the second year)

Outdoor Activity Uniform: Technical fleece, t-shirt and trousers, large dry bag and changing robe - £150 
(Compulsory at the start of the first year)

In addition to achieving a degree, students have several opportunities to gain training and accreditation through various governing body award schemes.  These include: indoor and outdoor climbing, mountain leading, paddle sports, mountain biking, coasteering, lifeguarding, caving, sailing and first aid.

Many of these courses are heavily subsidised and supported by our extra curricular programmes of skills development and expeditions. Recent expeditions include: trekking in Nepal, winter skills in Norway and Scotland, rock climbing in Sardinia, Spain (El Chorro), and Greece (Kalymynos), canoeing in Scotland, sea kayaking in the Isles of Scilly, coasteering in Guernsey and mountain biking in the Alps.

The Outdoor Adventure Education programme is enhanced with our established partnerships with universities in Norway and Canada, which offer an outstanding opportunity to study abroad for a semester in the second year.