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Outdoor Adventure Education (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Plymouth, United Kingdom
The Outdoor Adventure Education degree offered by Plymouth Marjon University attracts students who love thinking and doing, and people who have a great attitude to learning, trying new things and spending time outdoors having an adventure.
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Course Overview

Spend three years with like-minded enthusiasts, developing your career in the outdoors. Study an interesting and exciting way of educating people, with active, practical learning, while you grow and develop your skills in natural settings. Marjon’s outdoor education degree is professionally approved by the Institute for Outdoor Learning. 

We are flanked by the stunning scenery of Dartmoor National Park and the beautiful rivers, estuaries and beaches of Devon and Cornwall. Within these inspiring environments and our excellent on-campus kayaking pool and climbing wall, you’ll explore the theory and practice of adventure education and outdoor learning, studying with experienced and passionate tutors.

Why this Outdoor Adventure Education degree offered by Plymouth Marjon University?

  • An exciting range of outdoor and adventurous activities on land and water.
  • All technical equipment provided and available for your own adventures. 
  • Independent study in the kayaking pool and climbing wall every week.
  • Experienced, passionate staff – internationally recognised as leaders in the subject.
  • Location, location, location! Atmospheric Dartmoor and the Devon and Cornwall coastline!
  • A wide range of local, regional, national and international networks established since 1976.

Perfect if you're curious about:

  • So why do schools educate indoors?
  • What makes for an adventure and where does it start?
  • How do you want to change the world?
  • Do you really have a comfort zone?
  • Bear Grylls: is he good or bad for outdoor education?
  • Why do people think I like getting wet and cold? (I have great waterproofs!)

What might you become?

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of professions. Recent graduates have gone to to become an outdoor learning tutor in school; outdoor adventure activity instructor with Neilson Holidays, PGL, Outward Bound; expedition leader for a travel company; social enterprise/own business e.g. slacklining with Ru-Slack; police officers with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary; fire fighters e.g. Cornwall Fire Service and the Armed forces. You may also undertake postgraduate study such as a PGCE to become a teacher or a Masters degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to experiential outdoor education
  • Land based adventure sport
  • Expeditions: theory & practice
  • Professional & personal development
  • Foundations of coaching & instructing
  • Applied physiology & psychology for outdoor adventure

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • For entry applicants must have three A-levels at grades CCC or above, BTEC triple grades MMM or above, or Access 23-45 with 6D and GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
  • Long term participation in, or competing in a sport such as rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, surfing or orienteering.
  • Working towards or have achieved Gold DofE Award.
  • The Scouts, military cadets, other voluntary organisations that use the outdoors.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 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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Living costs for Plymouth

  • 731 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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