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Careers and Qualifications
in Outdoor Learning in the UK

including European links and development training qualifications

Please check original sources for the latest information about any course.

If you know of errors or additions please write to Roger Greenaway.

CONTENTS

 * PRINTED RESOURCES
 * ARTICLES ABOUT OUTDOOR CAREERS
 * EMAIL DISCUSSION LISTS
 * THE INSTITUTE FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING
 * COURSES at COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES
 * TEACHER TRAINING COURSES
 * SHORT OPEN COURSES
 * FIND EVEN MORE COURSES!
 * OUTDOOR SPORTS GOVERNING BODY AWARDS
 * JOBS WEBSITES - UK AND THE WORLD
 * CAMPAIGNS
 * EVENTS and CONFERENCES: see the Experiential-CPD Calendar of Events on the Outdoor Noticeboard
 * EUROPEAN CONNECTIONS


PRINTED RESOURCES

• The Outdoor Source Book (2005)
(a comprehensive index of UK information)
• Guide to a Career in the Outdoors (2003)
• Careers and Qualifications in Outdoor Education,
Development Training and Recreation

The above publications are available from the
Institute for Outdoor Learning Bookshop
institute@outdoor-learning.org


ARTICLES ABOUT OUTDOOR CAREERS (UK)
Check the date of the advice and the occupation of the author. You will find a confusing range of conflicting advice - and a discussion forum at Bluedome (below) to help you make your decision.

Guide to a Career in Outdoor Learning: The key that opens the door to a career in the outdoors. Description of a useful book published regularly by IOL

Outdoor Education Training in Higher Education
Peter Barnes' 'Resource Guide in Outdoor Education' includes a discussion about whether you need both technical skills training (NGB awards) and a graduate qualification.

'What's What' - the BlueDome guide to outdoor qualifications
what they mean, where to get them and whether you are wasting time and money on the wrong ones for you!

Degrees in the Outdoors! What's the Purpose, What's the Point? The Finnish Project (pdf file archived at archive.org)
by Barbara Humberstone & Hugh Mannerings with BCUC students

Careers in the outdoors
Do we need all these degrees in Outdoor Education?
Tom Gee (@ BlueDome) gets it off his chest about the poor provision of useful courses and qualifications for young job seekers!  



DISCUSSION LISTS AND FORUMS (UK)
helpful people waiting to answer your questions!

Outdoor Research (outres)

Outdoor Curriculum (outcur)

How to join UK outdoor discussion lists (and a few others)



IOL: THE INSTITUTE FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING (UK)
established 17th March 2001
IOL = AfOL + NC + SC + SWC + DTAG + OI
http://www.outdoor-learning.org

IOL Database
UK and other countries
http://www.outdoor-learning.org

IOL Enquiries
institute@outdoor-learning.org

IOL Bookshop
institute@outdoor-learning.org

IOL Research Forum
institute@outdoor-learning.org
Barbara Humberstone
bhumbe01@bcuc.ac.uk

UK Outdoor Institute
http://www.ukoi.demon.co.uk

The Source and 'Careers in the Outdoors' (article)
http://www.outdoor-learning.org


OUTDOOR COURSES at COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES (UK)

Listed A~Z with some (but not all) universities listed under U.

Adventure Education Training.
Vocational training at all levels

Bangor University
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/sport
BSc (Hons) Sport Science (Outdoor Activities)


Bicton College
http://www.bicton.ac.uk
Outdoor Leisure Management
Adventurous Activity Leadership NVQ Level 2
Diploma in Outdoor Recreation (City & Guilds Progression Award)
National Diploma in Outdoor Leisure
Higher National Certificate (HNC) Countryside Recreation Management
Course details
enquiries@bicton.ac.uk


Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies
http://www.bcftcs.ac.uk
BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism
HND Adventure Tourism Management


Bucks New University
http://bucks.ac.uk
PhD Supervision by Professor Barbara Humberstone
[was BCUC before becoming part of the new university]


Charlotte Mason Campus (Ambleside) of St. Martin's College (Lancaster)
is now part of
University of Cumbria


Chichester: See University College Chichester


Cornwall College Group
http://www.cornwall.ac.uk
Stoke Climsland
NVQ in Sport Recreation and Allied Occupations - Activity Leadership
admissions@duchy.cornwall.ac.uk


Craven College
(Aireville Campus, Skipton)
http://www.craven-college.ac.uk
Foundation Degree in Outdoor Activities
BTEC National Diploma in Sport Outdoor Adventure Pathway
First Aid
Apprenticeships
MLTE Mountain Leader Training
MLTE Mountain Leader Assessment
Single Pitch Rock Climbing Training
Single Pitch Rock Climbing Assessment
COACH LEVEL 1 INLAND KAYAK (BCU)
COACH LEVEL 2 INLAND KAYAK (BCU)
COACH LEVEL 3 INLAND KAYAK (BCU)
KAYAK FIVE STAR ASSESSMENT (BCU)
KAYAK FIVE STAR TRAINING (BCU)
COMMUNITY SPORTS LEADERS AWARD (SPORTS LEADERS UK)


Cumbria: See University of Cumbria


Edinburgh University
http://www.education.ed.ac.uk/outdoored/
The Faculty of Education (formerly Moray House Institute of Education) has been providing outdoor education courses for over 30 years. Courses are for undergraduates and postgraduates, and there are unique opportunities for research.

BSc (Honours) in Outdoor Education with Environmental Studies
encourages a broad and integrated understanding of educational and environmental issues and develops practical and professional competence.

Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma in Outdoor Education
balances practical competence in the activities with high professional standards in teaching and programme design and a deep understanding of academic issues. It is one of the key training courses for those entering the field of outdoor education. Graduates are now leading professionals in the field working, for example, as principals of centres or advisors.

Masters (MSc) in Outdoor Education
This degree extends the Postgraduate Diploma with deeper study of particular aspects of Outdoor Education. It is unique in Europe and one of few in the world.

Research Degrees
Doctoral (PhD) students from several countries are studying outdoor education and environmental education topics. There are also opportunities for research study at MSc and MPhil level.

Inservice courses for teachers and continuing professional development courses.


Herefordshire and Ludlow College
http://www.hlcollege.ac.uk
Amongst the range of outdoor education courses are:
BSc Honours Degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management
BSc in Physical Education and Outdoor Education
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport - Outdoor Adventure
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport - Development, Coaching & Fitness


Kendal College
in partnership with Adventure Education Training
http://www.ad-ed-train.co.uk
Master Professional Practitioner Learning and Development (Level 5)


Leeds: See University of Leeds


Liverpool Hope University
BA Outdoor Recreation Management
http://www.hope.ac.uk/



Liverpool John Moores University
MA Outdoor and Environmental Education Management Development
http://www.ljmu.ac.uk
BA Hons in Adventure Tourism
http://www.livjm.ac.uk


Manchester Metropolitan University
BA/BSc joint honours with Outdoor Studies
http://www.mmu.ac.uk


Plumpton College

Outdoor Adventurous Activities (in partnership with Brighton University)
First Certificate Sport (Outdoor Education) for 14-16 year olds day release from school over two years.
BTEC First Diploma Sport (Outdoor Education) for one year.
BTEC National Diploma Sport (Outdoor Education) for two years.
http://www.plumpton.ac.uk/


Plymouth: See University of Plymouth


Reaseheath College, Nantwich
http://www.reaseheath.ac.uk
Foundation in Adventure Sports
First Diploma in Adventure Sports
National Diploma in Adventure Sports
Foundation Degree in Adventure Sports Management


Reigate College
NVQ Level 3 in Outdoor Education, Development Training and Recreation



Scottish Agricultural College
http://www.sac.ac.uk
BA/BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Pursuits
HND Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Pursuits
HNC Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Pursuits



Sheffield Hallam University
http://www.shu.ac.uk
Centre for Environmental Conservation and Outdoor Leisure
Leisure and environment courses
CECOL staff
CECOL was home to the
MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Outdoor Management Development
.
Check the courses page above (or contact CECOL staff) for the latest news about this course.


South Devon College, Torquay
Activity Leadership
Qualification: NVQ Level 2 (National Vocational Qualification)
http://www.southdevon.ac.uk


Strathclyde: See University of Strathclyde


UHI Millennium Institute
http://www.uhi.ac.uk
Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Pursuits: HNC
Outdoor Pursuits: National Qualification / Advanced National Certificate
Current prospectus


University College Chichester
BA Hons in Adventure Education
http://www.chiuni.ac.uk/aded/Courses.cfm



University of Cumbria
http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/outdoorstudies

FdA Outdoor Education
BA (Hons) Outdoor Education Top-up
BA (Hons) Joint Honours Outdoor Leadership
BA (Hons) Outdoor Professional Practice Top-up
BSc (Hons) Outdoor Studies (Environment) & BA (Hons) Outdoor Studies
Pg Cert Greening Outdoor Practice
PgDip Outdoor and Experiential Learning - with European option / without
MA Outdoor and Experiential Learning - with European option / without
PgDip Development Training
MA Development Training




University of Leeds
B.Sc. Sports Science (Outdoor Activities)
http://www.leeds.ac.uk


University of Plymouth
http://home.plymouth.ac.uk
FdA Adventure Education Management
FdA Adventure Education Management (Countryside)
Enquiries: http://home.plymouth.ac.uk


University of Strathclyde
Faculty of Education, Jordanhill College
BA/BA Hons Outdoor Education in the Community
http://www.strath.ac.uk


University of Wales Trinity St. David
http://www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk

BA Outdoor Education
A three-year undergraduate programme with a maximum recruitment of 30 per annum. A comprehensive programme of academic and practical development (and work-placement) aimed to produce all-round outdoor educators and development trainers who have gained a depth of academic and practical skill and knowledge. Academic study is supplemented by a separate but comprehensive programme of NVQ training. Recruitment is by a combination of academic achievement and interview.

Postgraduate Certificate in Outdoor Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Education
M.A. in Outdoor Education
These programmes take a thorough, critical, look at Outdoor Learning which will not only increase your knowledge but add real depth to your practice. They are  offered on a weekend residential / distance learning basis to facilitate participation from across Britain - and successful participants have come from, as far away as the Indian sub-continent and many places in Continental Europe.
http://www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk/en/courses/postgraduatecourses/pgdiplomaoutdooreducation/


University of Worcester
http://www.worcester.ac.uk
has been providing outdoor education courses since 1998. This now includes courses for undergraduates and postgraduates, and opportunities for research degrees.
BSc (Honours) in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management
Course details
Masters (MSc) in Outdoor Education (part-time or full-time)
Research Degrees
Students can conduct research within outdoor education to achieve Doctoral (PhD) and MPhil level awards.


Wales: See University of Wales Trinity St. David


Worcester: See University of Worcester



TEACHER TRAINING (in OUTDOOR EDUCATION, UK)
Post Graduate Certificate of Education

Bangor University
one year PGCE teacher training course for outdoor educators


University of Leeds, School of Education
One year post graduate teaching qualification
http://www.leeds.ac.uk



SHORT OPEN TRAINER-TRAINING COURSES (UK)

Brathay
Ambleside, Cumbria
Course titles include:
• 
Professional Facilitator Programme
• Coaching Manager Programme
For information about courses currently available visit
http://www.brathay.org.uk
email: info@brathay.org.uk

Expedition leadership training
See the Expedition Advisory Centre and the Young Explorers Trust at the Royal Geographic society (RGS).

Azesta (formerly Log Heights)
Ripley Castle Estate, North Yorkshire
Course titles include:
• Reviewing Skills
• Transfer of Learning
• Coaching in the Workplace
• Business as Unusual
• Managing Work/Life Balance
For information about courses currently available visit
http://www.azesta.co.uk and look for 'open courses'
or email
info@azesta.co.uk

Reviewing Skills Training
Course titles include:
• Reviewing Skills and Tools for Outdoor Trainers
• How to Transfer Learning and give your training lasting impact
For information about courses currently available in the UK visit http://reviewing.co.uk and look for 'trainer training'
email: roger@reviewing.co.uk


FIND EVEN MORE COURSES: UK and INTERNATIONAL

jobs.ac.uk
The official recruitment website for UK Universities and Colleges
with the most comprehensive listing of academic and related vacancies and studentships.
http://www.jobs.ac.uk

Recreation, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Courses
Scottish Education Schools and Colleges Directory
http://www.ed-u.com/scotunis.htm

The International Education Site
Free Information Service
[a huge database that is easy to search]
http://www.intstudy.com

Living and Learning in the United Kingdom
[an index to everything you could want to know]
http://www.intstudy.com
[includes indexes about studying in other countries too]

Scholarship Finder
Free online advice for graduate students seeking scholarships.
USA-centric, but international in scope.
http://scholarship-finder.net

How Much?! Calculating the Cost of Online Education
USA-centric, but international in scope.
http://www.onlinecollege.org/2011/07/06/how-much-calculating-the-cost-of-online-education/

Online PhDs

Free advice and guidance about Online PhDs at
http://onlinephduk.com
Free advice about
funding opportunities for Online PhDs at
http://online-phd-uk.co.uk/phd-scholarships/


OUTDOOR SPORTS GOVERNING BODY AWARDS (UK)

BlueDome
http://www.bluedome.co.uk

PGL
http://www.pgl.co.uk
Description of the vocational and NGB training opportunities for staff working at PGL.

SkillsActive
SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning. It has been established by Employers in Sport and Recreation, Health and Fitness, Playwork, The Outdoors and Caravan industries.
http://www.skillsactive.com

SPRITO Directions
A UK Charity providing education, training and information about sports, leisure, recreation and physical activity. (Some of SPRITO's former functions have passed on to SkillsActive - see above.) http://www.SPRITO.org.UK



OUTDOOR JOBS WEBSITES (UK)

Adventure Jobs UK
http://www.adventurejobs.co.uk

Best Adventure Jobs UK
BestAdventureJobs.co.uk
Outdoor Instructor Jobs

CentreStaff
http://www.centrestaff.co.uk

Outdoor Education Jobs
A forum for employers and potential employees in outdoor education. You can promote a job or yourself. Postings include job ads & "looking for work" requests.
Google Group: Outdoor Education Jobs

Outdoor Jac
Outdoor adventure jobs, seasonal work placements and qualification based training courses in the outdoor leisure industry
http://www.outdoorjac.co.uk/

Outdoor Jobs (IOL)
http://www.outdoor-learning.org

Outdoor Jobs (Trovit)
http://jobs.trovit.co.uk/outdoor-jobs

OutdoorStaff
http://www.outdoorstaff.co.uk


Outdoor-Info UK
http://www.outdoor-info.co.uk
jobs, courses, facilities, centres and personnel

Outdoor Vacancies UK
http://uk.wow.com
View the list of 'related' searches at the foot of the WOW results page

Wilderness Expertise
http://www.wilderness-expertise.co.uk

My Job Search [just type in key words to search lots of other job search engines]
http://www.myjobsearch.com

More outdoor job sites are listed at:
http://reviewing.co.uk/directory/where.htm#9



CAMPAIGNS (UK)

Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto (2006 -
http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning/resourcematerials/outsideclassroom/
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC)
http://www.lotc.org.uk

Campaign for Adventure (2001-
http://www.campaignforadventure.org

Manifesto for Outdoor Adventure (2000-2004)
http://reviewing.co.uk/foa/index.htm

Aquapac Outdoor Champions
http://www.outdoor-learning.org

Campaign for Learning
http://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk


EVENTS and CONFERENCES

See EVENT FINDER at
http://reviewing.co.uk/outdoor/notices.htm


EUROPEAN CONNECTIONS

EUROPEAN NETWORKS IN OUTDOOR AND EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION

Annual Meetings of EEEurope and friends (EE = Experiential Educators)
http://www.eeeurope.org

Informationsdienst Erlebnispaedagogik, ZIEL (Center for Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning) See the 'International' section for pages in English.
http://www.erlebnispaedagogik.de

European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning
http://www.eoe-network.eu

European Ropes Course Association
http://www.erca.cc


EUROPEAN COURSES


SWEDEN
The only Masters and PhD programmes in Nordic Countries in the area of Outdoor Environmental Education http://www.liu.se/utbildning/pabyggnad/L7MOE/sokatill/contact?l=en



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CONTENTS

 * PRINTED RESOURCES
 * ARTICLES ABOUT OUTDOOR CAREERS
 * EMAIL DISCUSSION LISTS
 * THE INSTITUTE FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING
 * COURSES at COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES
 * TEACHER TRAINING COURSES
 * SHORT OPEN COURSES
 * FIND EVEN MORE COURSES!
 * OUTDOOR SPORTS GOVERNING BODY AWARDS
 * JOBS WEBSITES - UK AND THE WORLD
 * CAMPAIGNS
 * EVENTS and CONFERENCES
see the Experiential-CPD Calendar of Events on the Outdoor Noticeboard
 * EUROPEAN CONNECTIONS

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