University of the Highlands and Islands
Adventure Education BA (Hons)
University of the Highlands and Islands

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Adventure education is about creating learning opportunities through adventurous activities. It is fundamental to the modern adventure sector as well as a significant and diverse area of future employment. As an educator in this field, you will be responsible for providing safe, adventurous experiences, promoting learning to help others to discover, reflect, and develop.

The course is built on a robust framework of practical and professional experiences. You will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to plan, prepare and lead adventure education activities in potentially challenging and wild places, as well as providing strong links to all stages of the education curriculum.

Location: flexibility, passion, lifestyle. BA (Hons) Adventure Education is based at the School of Adventure Studies, West Highland College UHI, and is part of the Adventure Pathways Scheme of programmes. You will be based in Fort William, in the hub of the Outdoor Capital of the UK, living and working at the foot of Ben Nevis, in a region that is unique for its rich variety of outdoor opportunities. This gives you access to a diverse and vibrant community of like-minded students, as well as flexibility to progress into an alternative future pathway such as Adventure Tourism Management or Adventure Performance and Coaching.

Future potential: broad skills for future jobs. Unlock your potential and become a future-shaper of the adventure sector. Links with other programmes in the Adventure Pathways Scheme will broaden your professional skills and expertise, giving you access to a diverse range of careers in many different adventurous settings – wherever your path takes you.

Be part of the story. We work closely with Adventure Education providers, including a close partnership with the Outward Bound Trust®, to give you direct access to professional-level experiences and practice, as well as having a wide range of national and international links for opportunities like work placements, student exchanges and shared practice.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 8 graduates of Adventure Education BA (Hons) at University of the Highlands and Islands for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
64 /100
8 total respondents


Salary of Graduates of Adventure Education BA (Hons) at University of the Highlands and Islands

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Adventure Education BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £17500 £18000
25-75 percentile range £17500 - £26000 £13000 - £22500 £12500 - £24000

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 Adventure Education, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

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 Adventure Education BA (Hons) at University of the Highlands and Islands

15% Elementary occupations
15% Sports and fitness occupations
10% Skilled trades occupations
10% Process, plant and machine operatives
10% Administrative occupations
10% Sales occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Health associate professionals
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Caring personal services

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

UHI does not use Tariff points, and accepts a range of qualifications. Applicants with other relevant qualifications 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.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 with no element below 5.5
PTE Academic 58 58 average with 51 in each component
TOEFL (iBT) 80 Min 80 or above with min 18 in each section
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 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 the Highlands and Islands 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 Adventure Education BA (Hons)

England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £9000 year 1
Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
EU £12360 year 1
International £12360 year 1

Additional fee information

EU students commencing their studies from 2021-22 academic year, who do not have pre-settled or settled status in the UK, will be considered as international for tuition fee purposes. For 2021-22, the university offered an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who had paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands. A decision on scholarships for 2022-23 entry is still to be confirmed.

Eligible EU students, with pre-settled/settled status, will be considered as home students for fee purposes and will be charged the Scotland-domiciled fee rate, which may be covered by the Scottish Government. To find out more please visit

RUK students studying for a consecutive four year full-time degree, only years 1, 2 and 3 incur the fees stated, year 4 is free.
For full details on fees and funding please visit

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

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About University of the Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands offers their students the opportunity to study at one of their 13 colleges or research centres. For those who don’t have the freedom to enrol themselves in full-time education, this university also offers a series of options on a flexible Part-time or Online basis. With that said, 7 out of their 13 institutions offer a Childcare service, which is useful for enabling parents to pursue their degrees. When it comes to research activity, the University of the Highlands and Islands’ main focus is on Engineering, Humanities, Society, and Health Science.

Where is this programme taught

West Highland College UHI
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