Adventure Tourism Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code N870
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What is special about this course?

Study the BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management degree with us and you will develop all the skills and knowledge you need to work in the dynamic and expanding global adventure tourism industry. The course focuses on Adventure Tourism and business practice within the field, and you will learn and apply knowledge in: outdoor skills practice, safety and leadership, tourism, business and entrepreneurship, research, and psychology - all underpinned by a growing and deepening understanding of the meaning of "Adventure".

You will be based in Lochaber, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, one of the finest UK locations for adventure tourism. The natural heritage, culture and landscapes of the West Highlands, and its Coasts and Islands create our playground, with world-renowned rivers flowing from some of Scotland’s greatest mountains to the sea.

You will also benefit from the expertise of our academic staff and expert associate practitioners, who are highly experienced and qualified, some having been published within the field of adventure tourism.

The local adventure industry was the original driving force behind this course. We have tapped into their enthusiasm and created an adventure studies world where aspiring adventurers can turn their passion into real potential.


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
  • Close 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
  • You will be given the opportunity to complete National Governing Body Awards (NGBs) in a number of adventure activities
  • Choose from a range of extra-curricular NGBs offered at 50% subsidised rates
  • Residential field trips and many other opportunities to enhance your skills and experience in adventure activities

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • You will also need to have Standard Grade/ GCSE English and Mathematics, and be able to demonstrate your commitment to outdoor activities
  • Applicants with significant experience in outdoor activities will be considered providing they can demonstrate sufficient academic potential.
  • You will be required to attend an interview

Access routes

It may be possible to join the programme at year 2 or year 3 with relevant entry qualifications such as Foundation degrees, or HNC/HND courses.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to Adventure 
  • Introduction to Professional Adventure Practice
  • Adventure Industry Products and Services
  • Introduction to Coaching and Leadership
  • Work Placement

Option modules may include:

  • Essential Skills for Business and Leisure
  • Other modules from tourism, environment and social sciences

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Risk and Incident Management
  • Expedition Management and Leadership
  • Research skills  
  • Niche Tourism
  • Research project or Work Placement 

Option modules include:

  • Other modules from tourism, environment and social sciences

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Understanding Adventure
  • Management of Adventure Tourism
  • Managing Adventure Operations
  • Applied Coaching and Leadership

Option modules from:

  • Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
  • Event Planning and Organisation
  • Work Placement 
  • Other modules from tourism, environment or social sciences

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Critical Perspectives of Adventure
  • Inclusive Adventure
  • You will aalso complete a dissertation

Option modules include:

  • Emergent Adventures
  • Psychological Skills for Adventure
  • Other modules from tourism, business and social sciences

How will I study my course?

Full time

  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, with some teaching by video conference from other UHI campuses, and online study via the university's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • A significant amount of time will be spent increasing your skills through practical experiential learning. The main adventure practical disciplines included are mountaineering and climbing, paddle sports (sea kayak, open canoe and white water kayak), and mountain biking, with a wide range of progression and application of theories at all 4 year levels.

How long will my course last?

Full time: 4 years


Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

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:

Degrees 2014-15 2015-16
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
£1,820 £1,820*
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645*
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215*

*subject to change

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.

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level 2014-15 2015-16
Year 1 CertHE £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £7,740 p.a. £7,920 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free* free*

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

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

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,290 (2014-15); £1,320 (2015-16)

Online** degree  3 - 4 years

Applies to RUK students studying online without a term-time address in Scotland

2014-15 2015-16
Full-time online per year (120 credits)  £4,680 £4,800
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £780 £800


**note that not all degrees can be studied online

International students

(students not living in the UK or European Union)

3 - 4 year degree 2014-15
On site***
Full-time per year (120 credits) £8,700 £8,800
Part-time (per 20 credit module) £1,450 £1,480




***Students with a term-time address in Scotland

Further information on international course fees

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact West Highland College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider:

  • Starting and building your own Adventure Tourism business
  • Guiding, coaching and instructing outdoor activities across the UK or internationally
  • Working in organisations promoting participation or National Governing Bodies, such as Sportscotland, Snowsport Scotland, Mountaineering Council of Scotland Scottish Canoe Association.
  • Pursuing further NGB qualifications to specialise at a high level as a professional


Can I progress into further study?

Current potential progression opportunities after the award of the BA(Hons) Adventure Tourism Management degree include:


Is there more information available online?

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What our students are saying

There are days spent in lectures and assignments to complete but the majority of modules involve some activity. It doesn't matter if you are a novice or an expert as activity groups are set up for all abilities. The work in lectures really helps you get the most from the adventure trips though. I have been to Bosnia to see the development and opportunities for adventure tourism in the country.

I've also been to Spain for a week long expedition in the Sierra Nevada, including the highest peak, then a week's climbing in El Chorro and I am heading to Morocco in May with the department for an expedition in the Atlas Mountains.

Alastair Buchanan, BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism, West Highland College UHI, Fort William

I chose to study Adventure Tourism Management at West Highland College UHI because Ive always had an interest in the outdoors and thought it would be a good idea to combine my passion with a job.

The college is set in close proximity to one of the greatest outdoor playgrounds in the UK: where else could you go ice climbing, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, and mountaineering as part of your studies?!

The teaching is first class, the lecturers are all very approachable and friendly, and they share the same passion for the outdoors.

After graduation I aim to work in an outdoor centre for a few years before working as a freelance instructor, either in the UK or abroad.

Craig McKay, BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management, West Highland College UHI

Apply for Adventure Tourism Management BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2015

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

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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