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Outdoor and Experiential Learning PgD

Course Description

Our history of excellence in teaching outdoor studies goes back to the 1960s, offering full time courses for teachers and other professionals set in the wonderfully diverse landscape of the Lake District. This tradition has returned with a new suite of modules and courses to support those involved with the outdoors or experiential learning. We'll help you develop the relevant knowledge and skills to produce effective and inspiring courses in a wide range of settings.

We welcome students from all professional backgrounds, from outdoor instructors and training experts to nurses, teachers, counsellors, therapists and those involved with youth and social work. If you're considering breaking into these fields, then we provide the perfect transitionary course to help you realise your career aspirations. Make sure your skills are of the highest quality - apply for our course and help advance your personal and professional development.

Course outline

You'll learn to apply innovative strategies in outdoor practice and integrate them into other spheres of teaching and learning. Your prior learning and practice will be enhanced towards further creativity, philosophical stances and methodologies. We will approach outdoor learning through experience and as a learning community through the utilisation of outdoor environments and activities as contexts.

Our course is designed to be accessible to all skill levels, whether you have a former qualification in outdoor-related studies or not. We will broaden your practice and understanding of outdoor and experiential learning, so we ask that students be enthusiastic about taking part to get the most out of the course. The programme will be taught by core staff of the Outdoor Studies department through lectures, seminars, practicals and field trips, as well as talks from key visiting lecturers.

Graduate destinations

Candidates can exit after 60 credits with a PGC Outdoor Learning or a PGC Experiential Learning, dependent on the modules chosen. Candidates who satisfactorily complete 120 credits gain a PGD Outdoor and Experiential Learning. There are opportunities for PhD research after achievement of a masters qualification.

Visit the Outdoor and Experiential Learning PgD page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Degree and/or relevant professional work experience required. Applications are welcome from people with a good first degree (normally U.K. 2:2 or above) and/or relevant work experience. It is hoped that the courses will attract students from a variety of backgrounds and first degree subject areas from outdoor related areas through to youth work, social work, education and those with more philosophical backgrounds. International students are welcome to apply. Modules are taught in one week blocks.

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