Outdoor Education - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Outdoor Education

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: X9F8

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time, four to six years part time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Outdoor Education at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal degree if you want to gain advanced outdoor adventure and leadership skills, and launch your career as an outdoor professional. LJMU is an accredited provider by Mountain Training, British Canoeing and the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

This course has been amazing. The opportunities it gives you for career development as well as outdoor adventure are not something to pass up. One of the best decisions I ever made.

David Snow, graduate

Choosing to study Outdoor Education at LJMU is a life changing experience. The course is intimate and well resourced, giving you access to top quality instructors, lecturers and researchers, enabling a well-rounded and all-encompassing university experience. The scope to diversify within the degree with renowned subject matter experts separates this course from others. The City of Liverpool is unlike any other, safe, friendly and with something for everybody; I cannot recommend either the course or the City enough.

Sam Camp, BSc (Hons) Outdoor Education graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

A three-week work placement in outdoor organisation during the summer between Levels 5 and 6. This will give you the chance to develop your practical and leadership skills - an excellent opportunity to specialise in your outdoor career interests.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide one-to-one support and guidance. As well as discussing day-to-day course-related issues with you, they will help you to monitor your progress in academic study and outdoor skills development.

Course details

Are you passionate about doing a course that challenges, engages and inspires you to achieve your outdoor ambitions? The BSc (Hons) degree in Outdoor Education takes you on an adventure of learning in the outdoors; you will climb mountains, have lecturers in wild places, learn about the environment, and start your journey as an outdoor professional. Delivered at the first (and longest running) HE Outdoor Education provider in the UK, this is the ideal route to a career in the outdoor industry.

This course is designed for people who love adventure, the outdoors, nature and sport, and want to be able to share their enthusiasm for outdoor adventure with others, as well as passing on outdoor technical, coaching and leadership skills. This will ensure that you can be relied upon to lead and teach others safely and dynamically in the outdoors.

You will also become:

  • proficient in the history, theory and practice of outdoor learning
  • develop psychological and physiological approaches to outdoor adventure
  • embrace nature based learning and environmental education
  • understand geomorphology and interpretation of natural landscape
  • able to teach outdoor adventurous activities in a wide range of settings

On top of your degree studies, the course allows time for you to undertake additional subsidised outdoor National Governing Body awards to boost your teaching and leadership credentials. These include Mountain Training awards (for example the Mountain Leader Award, the Single Pitch Award, and Climbing Wall Award), and the British Canoe Union Awards (for example, the Star Awards and Foundation Safety and Rescue, and Levels 1 and 2 Paddlesports Coaching Awards.)

Furthermore, taking the Physical Education or Geography/Environmental Education pathways will qualify you to be able to make an application to go straight onto a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Physical Education or Geography once you have completed your degree and to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4

  • Developments in Outdoor Adventure Education
  • Geographical and Ecological Perspectives in Outdoor Education
  • Practical Skills in Adventure
  • Leadership in Outdoor Adventure: Mountains & Rivers
  • Psychology and Physiology of Outdoor Adventure
  • Professional Practices in Outdoor Adventure

Level 5

  • Environmental Perspectives in Outdoor Education
  • Practical Skills in Adventure
  • Leadership in Outdoor Adventure : Extreme Environments
  • Applied Psychological Perspectives in Outdoor Adventure
  • Professional Practices in Outdoor Adventure
  • Work Related Learning

The following options are typically offered:

  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Geomorphic Processes and Natural Hazards
  • Coaching Processes

* Though options available will be determined by student numbers.

Level 6

  • Outdoor and Adventure Education Dissertation
  • Advanced Professional Practices in Outdoor Education
  • Critical Perspectives in Outdoor Education
  • Leadership in Outdoor Adventure 3
  • Work Related Learning 2

The following options are typically offered:

  • Physical Education Teacher Education 2
  • Evolution of Glacial, Fluvial and Karst Landscapes
  • Coaching Processes

*Though options available will be determined by student numbers.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

We use a range of outdoor venues during the course, with regular trips to Snowdonia, the Peak District, the Lake District, the Cairngorms and the Yorkshire Dales for more site-specific activities such as mountain training, climbing and field studies.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

The Outdoor Education staff are all research active and engage professionally with a range of outdoor-related organisations and professional bodies, such as the Institute for Outdoor Learning, British Mountaineering Council, British Canoe Union, Outward Bound and British Exploring Society.

Their expert topic areas include:

  • expeditions
  • outdoor leadership
  • adventure and outdoor therapy
  • environmental education
  • geomorphology
  • psychology of outdoor education
  • mountaineering
  • paddlesports

They also regularly publish outdoor-related books, research papers and articles, sit on the editorial boards of key academic journals (such as the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning) and regularly present at national and international conferences. On top of this, they are actively involved in international outdoor committees and in developing international collaborative research partnerships, for example with the Penn State University and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The staff bring a wide range of outdoor industry-related experience and are qualified and experienced teachers. Some have been awarded University Teaching and Research Awards and Fellowships and the team is regularly nominated by students for the Liverpool Students' Union Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

We realise that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use at least three assessment methods for each module. They include:

  • field and library-based reports (normally 1,000 - 3,000 words)
  • practical skills performance (such as climbing, paddle sports, mountain walking)
  • short talks to peers
  • formal seminar/conference presentations
  • e-portfolios
  • poster presentations
  • reflective logs
  • exams (seen and unseen)
  • online tests
  • peer assessment
  • 9,000-word dissertation

NGB Sport Awards can also contribute marks to your modules. Your written work will be submitted online and you will receive written feedback within three weeks and face-to-face feedback for some modules. Constructive feedback is particularly important for helping you to identify your strengths, as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Economic growth in the outdoor and leisure industries is set to exceed the national UK average over the next 10 years and our graduates enjoy outstanding career prospects.

You could expect to work in:

  • outdoor centre teaching
  • overseas expedition leading
  • outdoor coaching
  • PE teaching
  • geography teaching
  • environmental education
  • field studies teaching
  • development training
  • outdoor skills training
  • adventure tourism

If, by the end of your course, you decide to pursue a career in PE or Geography teaching, you will need to do a one-year PGDE, for which this course is eligible as you could have studied relevant modules in physical education or geography depending on which specialised option pathways you choose.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

The Outdoor Education programme has built an extensive range of employer and work-based placement links over 45 years. These include schools, LEA and private outdoor education centres, expedition and outdoor organisations, field study centres and environmental education initiatives, youth development organisations, and adventure tourism providers.

Alongside this course you will have the opportunity to acquire a number of key outdoor leadership National Governing Body awards, as LJMU is a provider of Mountain Training National Governing Body Awards and British Canoe Union Awards, able to offer accredited training and assessments in these areas.

We provide training leading to:

  • Mountain Training Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Rock Climbing Awards
  • British Canoe Union Star Tests, FSRT and UKCC Paddlesports Coaching Awards
  • British Orienteering Federation Awards
  • Forest Schools knowledge
  • An accredited 16-hour outdoor first aid qualification

There is an additional charge for some of these courses, though they are all heavily subsidised by the University to ensure they are affordable for all students.
Please note, you cannot be accredited with attendance on National Governing Body Awards unless you satisfy the qualification prerequisites and registration requirements, which are required by the each related National Governing Body.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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