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Outdoor Adventure Leadership & Management BSc (Hons)

What makes Outdoor Adventure Leadership & Management at Worcester special?

Our graduates have worked around the world as wilderness guides, outdoor educators, leaders in adventure travel companies and schools.

This challenging programme offers plenty of opportunities for you to apply your learning in practical sessions in the field. With the possibility of gaining additional qualifications in everything from mountain leadership to handling a powerboat, you can explore your interests whilst developing your skills and enhancing your professional portfolio.

At Worcester, you will be guided by our highly experienced team of staff drawn from a range of disciplines within the outdoor industry.

Key features

  • Course approved by the Institute for Outdoor Learning
  • Excellent facilities, both on-site and with the natural resources in the locality, including the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley
  • Course content developed collaboratively with employers through our Employers Advice Group, ensuring your skills are a perfect fit for a career in the outdoor industry
  • Run in association with Herefordshire and Ludlow College (Holme Lacy Campus)

“My course offers great opportunities for the development of key skills needed for working in the outdoor industry. As well as academic studies, I get to take part in a range of exciting outdoor activities, including kayaking, canoeing, hill-walking and climbing.”

Tom Folker

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) may be required.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Foundations of Outdoor Adventure
  • Water Based Personal Skills
  • Land Based Personal Skills


  • Weather and Climate
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition

Year 2


  • The Research Process
  • Scientific Approaches to Outdoor Adventure Performance
  • Facilitation and Reviewing in Outdoor Learning


  • Water Based Coaching
  • Land Based Leadership
  • Work-Based Learning

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Expedition Studies
  • Contemporary Issues in Outdoor Adventure
  • Outdoor Adventure and Diverse Populations
  • Environmental Approaches to Outdoor Adventurer


  • Advanced Facilitation and Reviewing in Outdoor Learning
  • Outdoor Activities and the Natural Environment
  • Adventure Tourism
  • Work-Based Learning
  • The Sports Entrepreneur

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

Approved HE Course - The Institute for Outdoor LearningIn the first two years, you will develop an understanding of the scientific and professional context of outdoor adventure activities, with the chance to gain skills and experience in both water and land-based activities. We are also offering an opportunity to study at one of our international partner institutions in Year two.

In the final year, you will conduct an Expedition Studies module and a research project in an area of your choice, as well as choosing from a range of modules to suit your interests in areas such as environmental approaches, working with diverse populations, understanding contemporary issues as well as specialist modules in adventure tourism, forest schools and advanced approaches to facilitation.

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  • Coursework assignments
  • Practical activities
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Exams

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Colin Wood

    Colin Wood teaches Outdoor Adventure and Work-based learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is involved in research in both areas and leads the innovative MA in Outdoor Education, which supports outdoor professionals wishing to study in their workplace.

    Previously, Colin taught at Herefordshire College of Technology and before that had a long career in Outdoor Education working in senior posts around the world for a variety organisations. Colin’s work spanned corporate development, outdoor recreation, sail training and expeditionary learning – including leading numerous jungle expeditions.


Where could it take you?


Previous graduates have secured work in Local Authorities, outdoor centres, commercial activity centres, as trek leaders, at holiday companies, in development training organisations, Higher Education, self-employment and teaching.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management BSc (Single Honours) XN92 BSc/OALM

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK. 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course manager

Lee Pritchard
Course Manager
Herefordshire and Ludlow College - Holme Lacy Campus
0800 032 1986