A minimum of 64 UCAS points
Full-time: 2 years
The academic course content builds the knowledge and analytical skills you will need to progress your outdoor career quickly, and onto higher level working in more challenging and rewarding roles. The Reaseheath course will set you apart from graduates from similar courses in the following key areas:
- Psychology is key to performance and enjoyment in adventure sports: Know how to keep control in exposed Climbing situations, having the self-knowledge to make jumps in Mountain Biking or Free-Running or to manage your team’s dynamics on an extended expedition.
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology: We will make extensive use of our fabulous gym and sports lab facilities to test and train individual fitness elements such as strength, power and endurance.
- Technology for coaching performance: People at any level can benefit from coaching to make step-change improvements towards achieving their goals. You will use some of the most up-to-date tools including video analysis, coaching software and drone recording.
- Philosophy and Principles: We do adventure sports for the fun and for the challenge. But the underpinning theoretical knowledge of this course can lead to a fascinating array of alternative careers such as outdoor education, adventure therapy and management development training.
With this background you will have a wide range of career possibilities from coaching Olympic athletes, leading expeditions through to taking a leading role in outdoor education. You will also develop the knowledge and critical thinking skills to progress successfully into higher level academic study in a range of subject areas.
What will I study?
Academic and practical programme that provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for those wishing to progress their career as an Adventure Sport professional.
Careers in the Outdoors are varied and diverse. This course is designed to give participants the opportunity to progress their practical skills and coaching qualifications, and to provide a theoretical underpinning to enable graduates to progress quickly into leadership and programme management responsibilities.
Students will experience a number of different learning environments designed to develop skills in adventure sports. There is a work placement* in the outdoor industry between Year 1 and Year 2. Modules include:
- Academic and Professional Development
- Principles of Adventure Education
- Practical Land and Water Based Adventure Sports
- Psychology for Adventure Sports
- Sports Leadership Theory and Practice
- The Adventure Sports Performer
*Travel arrangements at your own cost.
- A minimum of 64 tariff points from A & AS levels
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – MPP in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – MM in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
- City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MPP Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
- City& Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MM in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.
- Top-up route to BA (Hons) in Outdoor Leadership or Adventure Sports or other related subject.
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University can be found on our student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
Students will require basic outdoor equipment including:
- Walking boots
- Waterproof top and bottoms
- Warm hats and gloves
- Day rucksack – 30-45 Litre
- Sufficient warm clothing for the conditions with spares.
Students purchasing equipment are advised to contact the course manager to check suitability. Many students considering a career in the outdoors will already have suitable equipment and clothing.
Specialist and personal protective equipment is provided, for example for kayaking the College provides: Boat, Paddle, Spray-deck, Buoyancy Aid, Helmet, Wetsuit, Cag.
Additional trips may be available, subject to staffing and minimum numbers of participants (participation in these trips is not a compulsory requirement of the course).
In addition, there may be opportunity to undertake qualification courses. These can be organised to meet the needs of students and participation is subject to meeting the minimum skill and experience requirements set by the relevant governing body.
- Walking boots – £200 (circa)
- Waterproofs – £200 (circa)
- Base layers – £100 (circa)
- Circa 40L rucksack £150 (circa)
All items may be sourced second hand and therefore could be cheaper. You will find a range of pricing options available and staff will support you in selecting as appropriate. You may borrow all items apart from walking boots from the outdoor store.
Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
My advice to anyone thinking of becoming an adventure sports undergraduate at Reaseheath is ‘Just go for it. You won’t regret it.’ The amount of practical teaching is unparalleled to any other university and the facilities on and around campus are amazing.
Callum Berry FdSc Adventure Sports and Coaching
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