University Of Chichester Outdoor Education

By | 11th May 2017

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University Of Chichester Outdoor Education

The BA (Hons) in Outdoor and Adventure Education degree has been running since 2000 and we are confident that our approach to the subject leads to employable students at the end of the course. We work alongside and with industry experts and companies to develop a hands on degree programme that will give students both the physical and classroom-based skills they need to start a career in the Outdoor Education sector. We also take student feedback seriously to ensure that we can work with you in order for you to get the most from your university degree. If you want to join a team of passionate staff and enthusiastic students then this could be the degree for you.

Course content

Our four-year-degree has a distinctive focus upon the adventure education experience, which it achieves through three themes.

Theme One

You will consider how the individual makes sense of the adventure education experience. This could be understanding your own physiology or your own motivation for adventure in psychology for example. Critical reflection on your own personal experience is central to the knowledge and understanding.

Theme Two

You will consider how groups perform in the adventure environment through an understanding of group dynamics and teaching strategies. Consideration will be given to aspects such as leadership, facilitation, decision-making and problem-solving.

Theme Three

You will focus on your impact on the adventure environment, considering environmental philosophy, user conflict and impact reduction.
Through these themes, students reflect on their past experiences, laying down a framework for the understanding of new adventure experiences. To become an effective adventure facilitator, it is essential that practitioners are able to plan purposeful activities by actualising their intended outcomes rather than leaving them to chance.

Photo credit: Liam Ambler

Our facilities

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
Sports hall
110m synthetic athletics track

  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets
  • Biomechanics laboratories
  • Physiology laboratories
  • Sports Injury Clinic and teaching clinic

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout