• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Combine your passion for the great outdoors with high-level leadership and management skills on this Outdoor Leadership and Management (Hons) degree from University of Derby. 

Based at a working outdoor centre, this is a dynamic course bringing together exciting hands-on learning, theoretical knowledge, practical skills and research experience.

They will equip you to lead a range of outdoor activities, supervise client groups, organise and develop outdoor courses, and manage outdoor centre facilities.

Through practical leadership and coaching scenarios, you’ll progress from instructor to course co-ordinator to centre manager level as you gain more experience on the course.

The education modules will provide you with the opportunity for ‘live’ school sessions, Forest school days and curriculum planning to add to your portfolio of skills.

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 and kayaking in Slovenia.

These experiences introduce you to outdoor leadership in a wider variety of environments and equip you for the workplace. They are also invaluable in helping you achieve additional qualifications to add to your CV – from mountain leadership to bush craft practitioner awards.

You’ll learn from highly qualified experts who have a wealth of professional experience in outdoor and adventure sport as instructors, leaders, coaches and international competitors.


The course takes you on a journey into a rapidly evolving and dynamic industry. You’ll acquire both practical skills and expert knowledge which you can put to good use in leading challenging activities which enhance people’s quality of life.

Graduates are fully prepared for careers in a range of professions including expedition leadership, outdoor and leisure facility management, outdoor activity instruction, youth work, outdoor sport development and the Armed Forces.

The research and analytical skills you gain on the course will also equip you for postgraduate level study or to gain teacher training qualifications.

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
  • Leadership of the Adventure Experience
  • Introduction to the Natural Environment
  • Philosophical and Cultural Perspectives of Adventure
  • Introduction to Outdoor Adventure
  • Risk Management in Adventure.
  • Outdoor Research
  • Approaches to Programme Leadership and Management
  • Applied Coaching Practice
  • Outdoor Experiential Education
  • Outdoor Conservation
  • Inclusive Adventure in the Outdoors.
  • Adventurous Journeys
  • The Outdoor Classroom
  • Mountain Ecology
  • Adapted Physical Activity in Adventure

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You need the following IELTS score:

                                  • Minimum required score:


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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  Typical entry requirements:
                                  • UCAS points - 112 (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 - DMM
                                  • 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 UK/EU students - £1,155 per module


                                            • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
                                            • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
                                            • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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