• 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.

This course is intended to launch your career by bringing together theory, practice and experience which is vital to have an effective baseline to find successful employment opportunities. You get trained and assessed in a range of industry required qualifications so that you are ready for employment and can take ownership of your own career pathway.

The course is a leader in the outdoor education sector and is Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) accredited. The course is a blend of vocational awards, academic study and current industry experiences. The teaching staff include directors of adventure businesses, academics, technical advisors and governing body award providers.

If you are applying Year 1, please apply for the FD Outdoor Adventure Education and Leadership course

For information on the OU regulations, fee information, refunds and payment details including annual increases, and accessibility statement please see our Essential Information


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:

  • Dissertation (project)
  • Extended practice
  • Outdoor Learning and Curriculum Development
  • Strategic Management in the Outdoor Sector

September - May

The BA degree is taught on Fridays (academic lessons) and 4 to 6 weekends through the year. There are optional activity support days through the week.

Learning is face to face.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed the FD Outdoor Adventure Education and Leadership course to progress onto this course.

Applicants must have one of the following requirements:

1. Have acheived 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).

2. Possess vocational equivalent qualifications (at Level 3), such as VTCT, CYQ or Active IQ. Governing body awards or military leadership skills.

3. Industrial entry is often non-standard applicants will be considered on individual merit and work or industrial experience relevant to the programme.

You will be required to have an acceptable Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

This course ha 4 modules. Each module is assessed by assignment, observation or questions. There are options for other methods such as video or voice.

Possible career destinations could include:


  • Adventure Sports Instructor
  • Development Trainer
  • International leader
  • Outdoor learning consultancy
  • Youth work/Outdoor development trainer
  • Social work/mentor/outdoor specialist
  • College lecturer (with PGCE)
  • Teacher (with PGCE)


  • Self-employed Outdoor Instructor
  • Activity Centre Leadership
  • Adventure Tour Guide
  • Expedition Leader
  • Safety Consultant
  • Outdoor Learning Consultancy
  • Professional Coach

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.

We provide all the specialist equipment, but most students build their own outdoor walking and paddle sport kit in the first year of the course.

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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Higher Education

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Through our partnership with The Open University, we can deliver job-focused, affordable degrees. Our Higher Education Centre is a dedicated study area exclusively for our university level students. This fantastic new addition to the College provides teaching space and independent study areas as well as a social space.
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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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