BA (Hons) Adventure and Extreme Sports Management

Get the skills you need for a great career in extreme and outdoor sports.

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2014 entry


Solent’s prime location and expertise in extreme sports, outdoor adventure and watersports management reflects the changing nature of the modern leisure industry.

The course includes a residential field trip, practical national governing body (NGB) awards and work-based learning, alongside business and managerial skills which leave you well placed to start a career in outdoor sports.

You’ll study the industry and the social and psychological aspects of adventurous and extreme sports, and develop practical coaching and management experience that enables you to operate effectively at senior levels in the industry.

While you study you’ll also have the chance to hone your skills in practical adventure and extreme sports activities such as climbing, dinghy sailing, powerboating and wakeboarding.

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Course details for entry in 2015

BA (Hons) Adventure and Extreme Sports Management

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard Entry N897
  • 4 Years Sport, Event & Tourism Foundation Year (Jan start) 472S
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N804
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N898
  • 4 Years Sport, Event & Tourism Foundation Year N89Y

Typical entry requirements

240 UCAS tariff points

Year 1

  • Academic and Employability Skills
  • Event and Activity Safety Operations
  • Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour in Leisure Services
  • Introduction to the Outdoor Adventure Industry
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Principles of Outdoor Coaching

Year 2

  • Adventure and Extreme Sport Experiences
  • Coaching in the Outdoor Environment
  • Managing Service Operations
  • Research Methods for the Leisure Services Industries
  • Work Based Professional Studies
  • Options
    • Customer Service, Marketing and Sales
    • Event Organisation (L5)
    • Financial Analysis
    • Sport Policy

Year 3

  • Sociology of Adventure and Extreme Sports
  • Strategy for Business
  • Options
    • Business Start-up
    • Consultancy Project
    • Developing Creativity For Business (L6)
    • Dissertation for the Leisure Services Industries
    • Financing Entrepreneurship
    • Integrated Marketing Communications & Strategy
    • Literature-based Research
    • Performance Analysis within Adventure Sports
    • Sport Development

(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course has a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops, supported by tutorials and assessed practical coaching throughout the course. You’ll also undertake an outdoor residential experience in the first year, and an outdoor field trip in year two.

Work experience
You’ll undertake a flexible work placement before the end of year two, providing the opportunity to develop real-world skills and experience in an industry setting.

Practical coaching assessments, essays, reports, debates, posters and oral presentations, and examinations are used throughout the course.

Our facilities

The practical coaching units use a number of campus and local facilities, including Southampton Climbing Wall at St Mary’s Leisure Centre, Warsash Watersport Centre and a range of external providers (for example Calshot Activity Centre, Hampshire Kitesurfing).

Study abroad

Students may carry out their work placement abroad, typically for a minimum of six weeks during the summer period.

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study sports management units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.


Meet the Team


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard Entry N897
  • 4 Years Sport, Event & Tourism Foundation Year (Jan start) 472S
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N804
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N898
  • 4 Years Sport, Event & Tourism Foundation Year N89Y
  • Solent's RYA Training Centre is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted
  • Well-established programme of specialist outdoor courses, with a 25-year history
  • Wide range of adventure and extreme sports clubs
  • Vast opportunities for watersports participation in and around the Southampton area
  • Strong network of graduate and industry links



This course can lead to a variety of careers in outdoor and adventure sports, including activity centre management, sports development roles, managers within adventure tour operations, professional practitioners and the opportunity to set up your own adventure activity company.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Activity centre manager/director
  • Activity holiday/tour operation management
  • Own business
  • Work with industry governance
  • Retail/equipment development and supply

Links with industry

The course has been developed in close partnership with industry, ensuring it delivers the skills and experience employers are looking for. The course team also has strong links across the industry, including current research and consultancy.

Professional links include the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Neilson, Sunsail, Sport England, the Amateur Rowing Association, Hampshire County Council and the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

Transferable skills

Project management, presentation, communication, coaching, IT, group development, teamwork and self-management skills will be developed through classroom and practical settings, both land- and water-based.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent students have gone on to become centre managers and senior instructors in a wide range of outdoor activity and pursuits organisations, including Stubbers Outdoor Activity Centre, Ecole du Ski Français de Morzine and Brogborough Windsurfing Centre.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • 240 points from minimum of two completed A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • Entry to year one of the course is available through the Sport, Event and Tourism Foundation Year and International Foundation Year.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (5.5 in writing)
  • TOEF IBT 80 (19 in writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 56 (51 in writing) 
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme| and an international foundation programme| for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office| website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements| for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2014 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,080 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page| to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:|

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare|.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here|.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website| for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard Entry N897
  • 4 Years Sport, Event & Tourism Foundation Year (Jan start) 472S
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N804
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N898
  • 4 Years Sport, Event & Tourism Foundation Year N89Y

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