• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Love to be active and out in the elements? Looking for a career to match? This Adventure Sport and Coaching Science (Hons) degree from University of Derby offers a unique opportunity to hit the heights with a successful future in adventure sport.

If you’re interested in outdoor adventure sports, the art of coaching and the science underpinning human performance, this course offers an inspirational learning experience.

You’ll cover the theoretical, practical and scientific aspects of coaching a variety of adventure sports within different outdoor environments. Climbing, adventure racing, caving, canoeing and kayaking – all will form part of your studies.

The focus is on developing your practical, research and professional skills so that you are fully equipped for a career in an industry which offers boundless opportunities.

You’ll study mainly at our  on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. Set in 55 acres of mixed woodlands, its attractions include a 30 foot climbing wall, high and low rope courses and an artificial underground caving course. It’s the ideal setting for the next generation of adventure sport coaches.

There may be opportunities to head overseas too. Over the last two years, our students pushed their abilities to the limit with ice climbing in Norway, sport climbing on the Greek island of Kalymnos and kayaking in Slovenia.


This is an innovative programme, developing skills and knowledge which will set you apart in the job market. It equips you to work in areas such as coaching  within adventure sports, sport science support for performance coaching, personal coaching and training, expedition overseas leadership.

You could also consider roles in broader fields such as public services, the Armed Forces, sport development and research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research and Academic Skills 
  • Introduction to Adventure Sport Coaching 
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology 
  • Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
  • Coaching and Skill Acquisition 
  • Risk Management in Adventure 
  • Outdoor Research 
  • Principles and Practice of Training 
  • Adventure Sport Coaching - Developing Practice 
  • Inclusive Adventure in the Outdoors 
  • Sport Performance Analysis 
  • Environmental Physiology of Adventure Sport
  • Psychology of Adventure Sport
  • Independent Study 
  • Advanced Coaching 
  • Adventure and Human Endurance
  • Applied Physiology of Adventure Sport
  • Adapted Physical Activity in Adventure 
  • Psychological Wellbeing and the Outdoors

                                      English Language Requirements

                                      You need the following IELTS score:

                                      • Minimum required score:


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                                      Academic Requirements

                                      Typical entry requirements:
                                      • UCAS points - 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
                                      • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
                                      Alternative entry qualifications:
                                      • BTEC - DDM
                                      • Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

                                              Tuition Fee

                                              • International

                                                13250 GBP/year
                                                Tuition Fee
                                                Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                              • EU/EEA

                                                9250 GBP/year
                                                Tuition Fee
                                                Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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                                              • Part-time version UK/EU students - £1,155 per module


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