BA Outdoor Adventure Education

  • BA Outdoor Education
  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education
  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education
  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education
  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education
  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education
  • BA Outdoor Adventure Education

The Outdoor Adventure Education programme is a blend of theoretical and practical modules designed specifically to meet the growing career opportunities within the outdoor sector. 

Why study Outdoor Adventure Education at UWTSD in Carmarthen?

  • ‘The birth place of coasteering
  • Nearby Mountain Bike trail centres and Bike Park Wales
  • World renowned limestone caving
  • Over 3000 sea cliff rock climbs
  • National and International water sports centres

…all venues are within 60 min. drive!

Plus regular extracurricular expeditions which focus on:

  • Winter Skills training – Scotland & Norway
  • Hot-Rock Climbing – Greece, Spain & Sardinia
  • Canoeing/Kayaking – Scotland, Anglesey & Canada
  • Mountain Biking – French Alps, Wales, England & Scotland 


  • Weekly practical activity days linked to module content and NGBA syllabi.
  • Newly refurbished Activity Base, with direct access onto the River Towy, the Wales Coast Path, camping site and a Forest School venue (walking distance from campus!)
  • Provider status for Mountain Training, British Canoeing, British Cycling and First Aid awards.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: 3L2N
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
Contact Name:
Denise Leonard
Contact Email:
Language Choice
English   Welsh

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Adventure Education
Taster Day

14 February 2018 

The Outdoor Adventure Education degree has a fundamental emphasis on exploring the relationship between sound theory and good practice.

Progressive in nature: Initially students are provided with foundation skills both within academic skills and practical activities. Subsequently this foundation together with on-going support enables students to engage positively with challenges of both a physical and intellectual nature. The outcome is that students develop as critically aware and reflective individuals able to deal proactively with the dynamic and challenging situations that are commonplace in abroad range of current and future working environments.

  • The Great Outdoors?
  • Perspectives on Outdoor Education
  • Pedagogy of Place: Sustainable Outdoor Education
  • Facilitating Adventurous Activities
  • Professional Development and Practice
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Psychology of Adventure
  • From Desks to Dens
  • Making Safety Personal (practical based)
  • Adventure: A Risk Worth Taking (practical based)
  • Personal Skills Development (practical based)
  • Expedition Leadership (practical based)
  • Research Methods in Health and Physical Activity
  • Independent Study (Dissertation)

The BA Outdoor Adventure Education is studied on the Carmarthen campus, which offers a friendly and very personal learning experience.  All the lecturing staff are based on campus and are easily accessible for tutorials to support your studies. Lecturing staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, are accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning and have Masters Degrees or Doctoral qualifications.  Additionally all Outdoor Education staff have extensive practical experience and hold a broad range of governing body awards.

The campus is only 15 miles east of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the fantastic mountain bike trails of Brechfa.  More biking is just down the road at Afan Argoed, Glyncorrwg and Bike Park Wales.  For water lovers we have a partnership with a local paddle sport centre with excellent access to recreational and competitive equipment and coaching.  The nearby Gower peninsular and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offer unrivalled opportunities for coasteering, surfing, sea kayaking and sea cliff climbing.  On campus Outdoor Adventure Education students enjoy free access to the swimming pool, health suite and climbing wall.  The Students’ Union provides an extensive array of sporting clubs and leisure activities.

Carmarthen Campus Video

In line with the philosophy underpinning the degree, there is a strong emphasis on learning and teaching methods in the assessment of modules. While good quality of personal performance is encouraged, it is not a focus of assessment in the practical based modules.

Students learn how to present a balanced evidenced argument through their formal written work, as well as via individual and group presentations. Within the final year students will design and conduct their own research project or critical portfolio in a specialist area of their choice. Specific types of assessments include; essays, presentations (group and individual), practical tasks, examinations (seen and unseen papers).

96 UCAS points or subject to interview. Mature students with significant personal experience or experience of working in The Great Outdoors particularly welcomed.

Our Outdoor Adventure Education graduates from pursue a broad range of career paths: Many enter onto graduate placements with outdoor education centres, become self-employed or start up their own businesses, whilst others enter graduate schemes with environmental organisations or services such as the army or the police.  Several students have been taken on as employees following successful work placements with the youth service and local outdoor centres. Others have successfully undertaken postgraduate study on our Master’s degree in Outdoor Education or have completed PGCE courses and are now teaching in primary or secondary schools.

Two 5-day residential trips to Urdd centre Glan Llyn - £200

(£100 per trip – one in the first year, one in the second year)

Outdoor Activity Uniform: Technical fleece, t-shirt and trousers, large dry bag and changing robe - £150 
(Compulsory at the start of the first year)

In addition to achieving a degree, students have several opportunities to gain training and accreditation through various governing body award schemes.  These include: indoor and outdoor climbing, mountain leading, paddle sports, mountain biking, coasteering, lifeguarding, caving, sailing and first aid. Many of these courses are heavily subsidised and supported by our extra curricular programmes of skills development and expeditions. Recent expeditions include: trekking in Nepal, winter skills in Norway and Scotland, rock climbing in Sardinia, Spain (El Chorro), and Greece (Kalymynos), canoeing in Scotland, sea kayaking in the Isles of Scilly, coasteering in Guernsey and mountain biking in the Alps.

The Outdoor Adventure Education programme is enhanced with our established partnerships with universities in Norway and Canada, which offer an outstanding opportunity to study abroad for a semester in the second year.