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Welcome to the Division of the Outdoors and the BA (Hons) Adventure Sports Coaching & BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership and BA (Hons) Outdoor (Leadership) Blended Top-up courses.

The full-time programmes are three years in duration, with an option of extending this to four years by taking an internship. The Top-up course is part-time over two years, and delivered on weekends.

We hope you enjoy the content of our website and are encouraged to join us for a fantastic time doing the things you love - outdoors! NGB Qualifications are paid for by UCLan. Please click here for further details.

If you would like any further information please contact the course leaders:

BA (Hons) Adventure Sports Coaching: Paul Gray
BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership: Allison Inkster
BA (Hons) Outdoor (Leadership) Blended Top-up: Rosemary Powell.

Students undertake a number of week-long residentials throughout the 1st and 2nd years of study, providing excellent opportunities to apply theoretical underpinnings within real outdoor/adventure experiences.

We are also proud of our stores facility at Valentine House, UCLan Sports Arena, Preston. Valentine House provides students with the opportunity to borrow high quality outdoor clothing and equipment as part of their personal and professional development.

With direct access onto the canal and acres of space within the grounds, this facility not only provides students with more accessible access to equipment, but will also allow academic staff to deliver practically themed lectures.


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Graduate continues his personal development

UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers.

Adventure Sports Coaching graduate Karl Domeracki has enjoyed a variety of experiences since leaving UCLan. We spoke to Karl to find out more:

"I currently volunteer as a climbing instructor at West View Leisure Centre, Preston, and train with Liverpool University Officer Training Corps which has provided me with a unique challenge. I've completed various military exercises, community projects and adventure training including an eight day skiing expedition in Les Contamines, France, and a nine day sailing exercise in The Baltic Sea.

"I'll be taking part on exercise 'Airborne Student', an intense week consisting of the Paratroopers' gruelling selection process. Following this I'll do my ML training at Tyn Dwr in Llangollen, North Wales.

"This summer I've …
A number of the UCLan Outdoor team presented at the Adventure Sports Coaching Conference at   Plas y Brenin earlier this year demonstrating the continuing participation of staff in industry

Presentations included:

Prof Dave Collins and Dr Loel Collins: Redesigning Training and Accreditation Systems in Adventure Sports Coaching
Dr Howie Carson and Chris Eastabrook: Adaptive Automaticity in Adventure Sport: Contemporary Views And implications
Sharon Rosser: Understanding successful aging through Nature Challenge Activities, insights from the older adult climbers, cavers and sea kayakers
Dr Paul Gray: Using Social Interaction to promote, All good coaching is individualised
Dr Helen Hooper, Rosemary Smith and Cath Wilson: Learning through sharing experiences: critical reflections of the experiences of three female outdoor instructors.
Abstracts can be found here 

MA Outdoor Practice

The Masters in Outdoor Practice is designed to enable those working in the broad professional environment of the outdoors to engage with postgraduate study. It is delivered by a team of practitioners, educationalists and researchers in the outdoors. The first year of the course involves taught modules which are delivered at weekends, with subsequent modules providing the opportunity to specialise in your own field of practice through research and/or innovation. A special feature of this innovative course is the flexibility to accommodate a diverse range of interests and promote learning through a portfolio of assessments that appropriately meet the needs of students. Thus, the ethos of the course is to enable students to follow their interests and design their own pathway through a master's programme.

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