Plymouth Marjon University
Outdoor Adventure Education BA (Hons)
Plymouth Marjon University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This is an active degree that uses traditional outdoor activities such as climbing, kayaking, hillwalking, sailing, forest schools and coasteering as fieldwork experiences upon which to base your learning. It explores how people learn about themselves by working in natural environments. You will discover how to bring out the best in others, helping them to deal with physical and emotional challenges, how to build co-operative teams and provide appropriate levels of support. You will develop skills in team working, creative problem solving, effective communication, client awareness, self-management and resilience, as well as developing your technical outdoor activity skills. This group becomes particularly close-knit and supportive, as a collection of like-minded enthusiasts.

Why this course at Marjon? • Study with an experienced, passionate academic team with 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017 and 2018. • Your classrooms are the stunning scenery of Dartmoor National Park and the beautiful rivers, estuaries and surfing beaches of Devon and Cornwall. • Technical equipment is provided and available for your own adventures at no extra cost. • There are opportunities to study abroad in Canada or Iceland or take up international placements with Camp America.

What might I become? This course leads to a variety of professional education-based roles. You may choose to teach, where your skillset can set you apart. You may work for expedition companies, in outdoor centres, as an outdoor learning specialist in schools, at adventure holiday companies, or you may set up your own business. Graduates also join the uniformed public services, both emergency and the military.

Find out more at Open Day Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Outdoor Adventure Education at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and find out why we are ranked second in the UK for teaching quality*. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

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Why study at Marjon? • Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). • High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. • Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. • Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*. • 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Ranked in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, published 23 Sept 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates.


Salary of all UK Graduates of Recreation and Leisure Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20484 £19645 £23157
25-75 percentile range £17776 - £24260 £15037 - £25227 £17838 - £30172

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Outdoor Adventure Education, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Outdoor Adventure Education BA (Hons) at Plymouth Marjon University

25% Managers, directors and senior officials
20% Protective service occupations
10% Sales occupations
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

No exams. 100% coursework including a variety of assessments including essays, reports, presentations, practical participation, negotiated assessments and research projects.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

Excluding General Studies

Grade P(C+)

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

Achieve 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 level 3 credits at Distinction

We will accept triple grades gained from a combination of other BTEC qualifications

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Outdoor Adventure Education, BA (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of St Mark & St John is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Tuition Fees Outdoor Adventure Education BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £11000 year 1

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of Plymouth Marjon University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Plymouth Marjon University

Plymouth Marjon University, usually abbreviated to Marjon, is the trading name of the University of St Mark and St John. Based in a single campus several miles north of Plymouth city centre, next to Derriford Hospital, Marjon delivers courses and programs from two faculties: Faculty of Education, and Enterprise & Culture and Faculty of Sport, Health & Wellbeing.

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