You are taught through a combination of workshops, lectures, seminars, outdoor and laboratory practicals. Workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. The outdoor focussed practicals will be based in a variety of locations, locally and further afield, and are focussed on developing the skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively lead and coach a variety of adventurous activities. In 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.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. You have an opportunity to undertake a work based placement during the summer break in-between years 1 & 2, and a further placement module in year 3. There are opportunities for a semester overseas during year 2, Minnesota in semester 1 and Norway in semester 2. 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.
Opportunities exist to gain additional, optional, National Governing Body Awards in a range of adventurous activities.
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