Course Overview

This foundation degree focuses on outdoor adventure leadership, and provides you with valuable practical experience, enabling you to pursue a variety of careers in this thrilling sector. The course also offers you the opportunity to gain qualifications from national governing bodies alongside your studies, further evidencing your skills and increasing your employability.

The course takes a holistic approach to the outdoor environment and the role that you as a leader play in maintaining, developing and sustaining this. You will study a variety of leadership models equipping you to lead sessions and groups as well as understanding how the body and mind are affected in the outdoors.

You will be enjoying the South West’s fantastic natural environment, gaining experience in activities such as mountaineering, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and coasteering. Our students also regularly achieve BCU 2 and 3 Star, UKCC Level 1 Coach, Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Award qualifications during their studies. This provides you with a broad skillset that will offer you a variety of opportunities upon the completion of your studies.

You will also have access to our comprehensive range of equipment, including kayaks and canoes, which you will be able to utilise in both practical sessions and in your own personal time, should you wish.

Practical sessions and trips scheduled throughout the year are designed to develop skills and confidence in adapting your coaching techniques, in order to reflect the varying situations you will face and need to overcome to be a successful and effective coach and leader. You will be learning in challenging environments, ensuring that when you graduate you will be well prepared to work in almost any setting.

Our students have the opportunity to work towards BCU 2 and 3 Star, UKCC Level 1 Coach, Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Award qualifications during their studies. This provides you with a broad skillset that will offer you a variety of opportunities upon the completion of your studies. There is also the option to provide a more bespoke offer where the group skill/ experience requirements allow.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
X900
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Qualification
Foundation Degree
Duration
2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2020 - June 2022 (full-time) September 2020 - June 2023 (part-time)
Fees

The full time fees for the academic year 2020-21 are:
BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)
Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)
Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

Tuition fees for part-time courses commencing September 2020 are £1400 per 20 credits.

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Testimonial

I progressed from Level 3 Adventure Sports at South Devon College through to the Adventure Leadership foundation degree at University Centre South Devon. I had a very large interest in the outdoors before starting college, and when seeing the course that was available, I felt like it was a great opportunity to study something I enjoy and I’m passionate about, whilst still learning. The high practical content of the course was also a big deciding factor. There were also many trips, expeditions and adventurous activities to take part in as part of the course. I have made many friends and the employment opportunities that I have been able to access has allowed me to put all of my training into practice.

Olivia Harrison
Adventure Sports at South Devon College