• LevelLevel 5
  • Duration2 years
  • UCAS CodeA143
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


This programme is Institute for Outdoor Learning accredited, guaranteeing you professional excellence in outdoor learning. Middlesbrough College is one of just five providers in the country to be awarded, recognising this programme as a leader in outdoor education.

The outdoor adventure education and leadership sector is a diverse industry which attracts many capable people, this programme is intended to launch your career by bringing together theory, practice and experience which is vital to have an effective launch pad for professionals to find successful employment opportunities. This programme will give you a raft of industry required qualifications so that you are ready for employment and can take ownership of your own career pathway.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Adventure Activity and the Body
  • Business and Marketing
  • Education and Learning Outdoors
  • Understanding Research
  • Land Based Practice
  • Water Based Practice

Year 2 modules include:

  • Outdoor Adventure Sports Contexts
  • Business Leadership and Organisation
  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • Sports Research
  • Expedition Practitioner
  • Incident Prevention and Management

September- June

Entry requirements

You must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points. The points can be from a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ Level 3, BTEC Level 3, A Level or relevant T Level qualification).

Alternatively you may possess a vocational equivalent qualification (Level 3), such as VTCT, CYQ or Active IQ.

We will also require a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check).

Non-standard applicants will be considered on individual merit and industrial experience relevant to the programme.

Teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, practical workshops, field-based expeditions, research workshops, online learning and tutorials.

You will be assessed in a range of formats, from multiple choice exams to essays, reports, practical examinations, presentations, portfolios, projects and session delivery.

Possible career destinations could include:


  • Outdoor and Adventure Sports Tutor
  • Development Trainer
  • Self-employed outdoor educator
  • Outdoor learning consultancy
  • Senior Outdoor Instructor
  • College lecturer (with PGCE)
  • Primary or Secondary Teacher (with SchITT/PGCE)


  • Freelance Outdoor Instructor
  • Centre Leadership
  • Adventure Tour Guide
  • Expedition Leader
  • Safety Consultant
  • Outdoor Learning Consultancy
  • Professional Coach

Fees payable direct to Middlesbrough College, £6,900 per year.

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If you would like to study a higher education course, financial support is available. Please click here for more information and see what support you could receive.

Please apply through UCAS for this course. Our team will make contact with you for further details to arrange an interview. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place via UCAS.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply directly to us then please press the apply now button at the top of this webpage. If your application is successful we will formally offer you a place on the programme and upload your application to UCAS for you.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. As well as being just a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from a bursary that can help with the costs of travel.


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