• LevelLevel 6
  • Duration1 year
  • UCAS CodeA128
  • 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 may vary.

Modules include:

  • Outdoor Learning and Curriculum Development
  • Strategic Management in the Outdoor Sector
  • Career Development
  • Extended Practice
  • Dissertation

September- May

Entry requirements

The most directly relevant entry qualification is the Foundation Degree in Outdoor Adventure Education and Leadership (OAEL). However, a range of other Level 5 qualifications or Foundation Degrees in a related discipline would be considered where it can be demonstrated that the learning outcomes can be mapped to the Fd OAEL.

Where applicants apply with qualifications that are not directly relevant the Programme Team looks for evidence of experience. Applications from students with non-standard entry qualifications are welcome. Admission tutors also take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience applicants may offer.

Non-standard qualifications in a related discipline may be considered together with the need to demonstrate the academic rigour required to study at Level 5/6. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate industry experience and enthusiasm at interview.

This course requires a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service).

Teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, workshops, practical skills development and tutorials, designed to support the development of understanding of the key content and themes of the programme of study.

Academic support is designed to facilitate student learning through supported student-led sessions, critical to developing graduate skills and support future career development.

Assessment on the course will be by a variety of coursework and exams, designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to meet the learning outcomes of the programme.

To support you, a variety of assessment methods are used to enhance the experience as well as develop key transferrable skills.

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)
  • Outdoor learning practitioner
  • Learning outside the classroom practitioner
  • Youth leader
  • DofE leader/coordinator


  • Outdoor learning practitioner
  • Learning outside the classroom practitioner
  • Freelance outdoor instructor
  • Centre leadership
  • Adventure tour guide
  • Expedition leader
  • Safety consultant
  • Outdoor learning consultancy
  • Professional coach

The professional criteria required for successful completion of Accredited Practitioner with the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) has been mapped to the entire programme (level 4, 5 and 6); with the intention of allowing students to gather evidence should they wish to apply for APIOL status independently. Direct entrants to this top-up may still be successful depending on their background.

Fees payable directly to Middlesbrough College, £8,500 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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