Adventure Performance and Coaching BA (Hons)

UCAS code N875
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What is special about this course?

The adventure sector is a growing and dynamic industry which has developed significantly over the last twenty years. Adventure sports competition has become global: there are now over 21 Olympic disciplines in a range of adventure sports with professional athletes. Among the wider population, new technology and equipment and the demand for healthy active lifestyles have brought about a drive for greater performance in adventure pursuits.

This unique course will prepare you to lead the next generation of elite adventure athletes and participants who demand a higher level of performance in their adventure sport. You will have the opportunity to combine the skills and knowledge of the modern adventure professional in ever-changing outdoor environments with those of an applied sport scientist to get the best out of your athletes.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key elements of sports science, while applying them to the outdoor and adventure environment – all underpinned by a growing and deepening understanding of the meaning of ‘adventure’.

Special features

  • Applying cutting edge theory and research to the exciting and dynamic adventure sector.
  • Be part of a vibrant and active student community of outdoor enthusiasts based in Fort William – within the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
  • Easy transfer options available between Adventure programmes within the School of Adventure Studies  - Adventure Tourism Management, Adventure Performance and Coaching, and Marine and Coastal Tourism.
  • A ‘practical credits’ scheme helps you choose your areas for development and engage in an individualised approach to your own outdoor activity skill development and professional NGB training and assessment.
  • Strong links with many adventure-based businesses in Scotland and throughout the UK, including Scotland’s national centre, Glenmore Lodge.
  • Excellent work-based placement opportunities around the UK and abroad.
  • Residential field trips, clubs, expeditions and many other opportunities to enhance your skills and experience in adventure activities.
  • Access to outstanding adventure facilities set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • You will also be expected to be able to demonstrate an interest in, and a commitment to practical outdoor activities, and preferably have an interest in a professional career in the outdoor sector.
  • Personal practical outdoor experience is advantageous but not essential.
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course.

Advanced entry to year two or three:

  • Direct entry to year two or three may be possible with a relevant HNC/D, foundation degree etc. Applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules may include:

  • Introduction to professional adventure practice
  • adventure geography: the Scottish perspective
  • Introduction to sports coaching and leadership

You will also choose three option modules which may include:

  • human structure and function
  • Activity performance and skill acquisition
  • Foundations of outdoor learning
  • Adventure education journeys
  • Introduction to adventure tourism
  • Marine and coastal tourism in the UK
  • Preparing for workbased and placement learning
  • Adventure markets: products and services.

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules include:

  • Sport and exercise physiology
  • Performance and analysis of specialist skills
  • Understanding adventure
  • Adventure operations and risk management
  • Principles of sport and exercise psychology

You will also choose one option module which may include

  • Applied coaching and leadership
  • Work placement: team working and communication
  • Team working and communication
  • Outdoor learning, teaching and practice
  • Contemporary issues in management.

Year 3 - BA

Core modules include:

  • Design, manage and evaluate human fitness and physical performance
  • Applied sport and exercise psychology
  • Planning international expeditions
  • Research methods (sport)

You will also choose three option modules which may include

  • Sports nutrition and dietary considerations
  • Strength and conditioning
  • International expedition leadership
  • Work placement: industry specific skills
     

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules include:

  • Adventure psychology: skills and behaviours
  • Advanced applications of coaching and instruction
  • Inclusive adventure
  • Perceptions of risk and decision making

You will also choose a double credit project or research based module

  • Dissertation (sport)
  • Adventure pathways professional project (major expedition venture or legacy project).

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, with some teaching by video conference from our other campuses, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). There are also opportunities for work placements at different levels of the programme.
  • You will also spend a significant amount of time increasing your skills through practical experiential learning. The main adventure practical disciplines included are mountaineering and climbing, paddle sports, and mountain biking, with a wide scope for progression and application of theories throughout the four years of study.
  • All essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and specialist equipment can be accessed from our comprehensive stores, but students will need to purchase their own personal clothing, waterproofs and footwear for most activities (with the exception of very specialised footwear such as winter boots). As a professional practitioner you are also expected to consider purchasing your own personal equipment as your involvement and skills grow. Excellent deals on prices from a range of suppliers are available for students.
  • As well as other practical activities, you will have the option of undertaking an international expedition in the 4th year. Depending on the specific plan, you should budget for up to £1000 to ensure you have sufficient funds to complete.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time: 8 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September 

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2017-18
    Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,750

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

With a degree in Adventure Performance and Coaching you will hold a valuable array of knowledge and skills that are transferable to any of the various aspects of the UK or international adventure sector. The specific pathway you take will be vital in helping you shape your own chosen career. Adventure coaching covers a wide range of career pathways and specialist fields, including:

  • Adventure sport performance coach
  • Applied sport scientist or performance analyst
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports development officer and talent identification

Your career will grow and change as the years go on, and you may develop a career in any one of a range of exciting areas, so you may also find yourself involved in:

  • Guiding, coaching and instructing in adventurous activities
  • International expeditions
  • Adventure tourism
  • Adventure education
  • Marine wildlife tourism

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Adventure Performance and Coaching to the following postgraduate course: 

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International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

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