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Outdoor Leadership top-up by Blended Learning course

The UCLan Outdoors team have a blended version of their top-up course which is aimed at practitioners working in the outdoor industry. The course is part-time, delivered at weekends and is supported by online teaching resources and tutorials.

The programme has been designed to match the requirements of full-time industry professionals in a wide range of outdoor industry employment, being student-centred and applying learning to the industry in conjunction with the relevant academic perspective.

The ethos of the programme is to consider how engagement with the theoretical aspect of the subject can inform, challenge and support practice.

This usually takes two years and offers a unique opportunity to engage in academic study in a practical manner, whilst providing you the opportunity to learn with other practitioners in the industry, sharing ideas and developing a new community of practice.

Modules can also be attended individually to be used as continuing professional development, or as bridging modules onto a Master's programme. The subjects on the course are as follows:
  • Leadership and Change
  • Research Project or Consultancy Project
  • Sustainable Outdoor Practice
  • Conditioning for Adventure Sports
  • Performance Coaching
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development through Outdoor Activities
The course allows you to develop your knowledge of theory and research in the outdoor industry, subsequently complementing and enhance your practice in the industry. There is the opportunity within the University for you to continue your studies at Master's/Doctoral Level. Graduates from this programme have also gone on to teacher training opportunities.

Graduate testimonials for the course include:

"It's a programme that covers more subjects than expected. They were all relevant and, importantly for me, all transferable into the rest of my life situation. Juggling moving units, departing the Army and a new civilian job has been very challenging, but was achievable and help was never far away. If you're just considering it, then just do it. I recommend it for all for a greater understanding and personal development in your chosen discipline."

"This course provided me the fantastic opportunity to use my previous experience to gain a recognised qualification. The amount of information I gleaned has had a profound effect on me. I now have a passion for learning and furthering my knowledge. The information I've received from the first class instruction has had a direct impact on my teaching, with the benefit of that information also being transferred to all of my students."

For further information please email Rosemary Powell or Helen Hooper.


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The Masters in Outdoor Practice is designed to enable those working in the broad professional environment of the outdoors to engage with postgraduate study. It is delivered by a team of practitioners, educationalists and researchers in the outdoors. The first year of the course involves taught modules which are delivered at weekends, with subsequent modules providing the opportunity to specialise in your own field of practice through research and/or innovation. A special feature of this innovative course is the flexibility to accommodate a diverse range of interests and promote learning through a portfolio of assessments that appropriately meet the needs of students. Thus, the ethos of the course is to enable students to follow their interests and design their own pathway through a master's programme.

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