BA (Hons) Adventure and Outdoor Management

Kickstart a great career in the adventure and outdoor sports industry.

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2015 entry


Easy access to the coast and the New Forest makes Southampton a prime location for watersports and outdoor activities, while Solent’s 25 years of experience in outdoor leisure makes it the ideal choice if you’re considering a career in this diverse and exciting industry.

Underpinned by essential transferable skills in HR, marketing, finance and business strategy, the course focuses on three core areas: outdoor education, coaching and leadership, and adventure recreation. You’ll study social, psychological and management theory, undertake residential and workplace visits and have the opportunity to study towards national governing body (NGB) awards.

You’ll also be able to practise the activities you love, thanks to our excellent outdoor and adventure sports facilities, clubs and societies.

Don't just take our word for it...

Thomas Goulding
Joe Nilsson
Matt Burnham
Rebecca Wootton
Sarah Murphy
Sophie Dalton
"it gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in a sport that I love (surfing) and see it in an academic context for the first time"
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"The opportunity that Solent gives its students in tailoring your studies to future aspirations means you can really build yourself a future."
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"The open, 'anything's possible' mentality in the discussions coerces some good ideas out of everyone."
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"The management knowledge and practical experience have given me the confidence to forge ahead in my career"
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"I really enjoyed doing the dissertation - I found something I was interested in and felt passionate about researching the area."
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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N803
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N805
  • 3 Years Standard entry N809
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N802
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year (Jan start) N801

Typical entry requirements

240 UCAS tariff points

Year one

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

Year two

  • Managing Service Operations
  • Research Methods for the Leisure Services Industry
  • Work-Based Professional Studies
  • Adventure and Outdoor Recreation
  • Coaching in the Outdoor Environment
  • Outdoor Education.

Year three

  • Strategy for Business
  • Contemporary Issues within the Adventure and Outdoor Sector
  • Project or Literature-Based Research.
  • Two or three options, for example:
    • Consultancy Project
    • Reflective Practice in Outdoor Coaching
    • Sociology of Adventure and Extreme Sports
    • Business Start Up
    • Sport Tourism
    • Sport Development
    • International Marketing for Tourism and Travel
    • Human Resource Management.

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

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures, seminars and workshops, supported by tutorials and assessed practical coaching throughout the course.
There is also 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.
You will have the opportunity to carry out your work placement abroad, typically for a minimum of six weeks (210 hours) during the summer period.
Placements are wide-ranging and have included: summer camps in the USA, Canada and Europe; tour operators such as Neilson, Sunsail, Acorn Adventure and JB Ski; adventure operators such as Go Ape and PGL; the British Army Reserves; Active Nation; and more.

Practical coaching assessments, essays, reports, debates, posters, oral presentations and examinations.

Our facilities

The practical coaching units use a number of university and local facilities, including Southampton Climbing Wall at St Mary’s Leisure Centre, our Warsash Watersport Centre, the New Forest and a range of external providers such as Skern Lodge, Moors Valley Country Park, Calshot Activity Centre and Hampshire Kitesurfing.

Study abroad

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 units from this course at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

For more information, see 

Web-based learning

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


UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N803
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N805
  • 3 Years Standard entry N809
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N802
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year (Jan start) N801
  • Innovative combination of management skills with a focus on the adventure and outdoor industry.
  • Well-established programme of specialist outdoor courses, with a 25-year history. 
  • Strong network of graduate and industry links. 
  • Solent’s RYA Training Centre is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. 
  • A wide range of adventure and outdoor sports clubs. 
  • Vast opportunities for land- and water-based sports, in and around the Southampton area. 
  • Strong support for students looking to start their own adventure/outdoor business.
  • Course team who are active within industry organisations such as the Skills Active Outdoor Employer Group, the Institute of Outdoor Learning and the British Activity Holiday Association inspection team.



The adventure and outdoor sports industry is extraordinarily broad, giving you a chance to combine the activities you love with an career.
You’ll be well placed to find a management role at an existing company in this fast-growing, exciting industry; or if you’re interested in starting your own business Solent provides extensive support and advice for student and graduate entrepreneurs.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Activity centre manager/director
  • Activity holiday/tour operation management
  • Starting your own outdoor activity business.
  • Industry governance
  • Retail/equipment development and supply.

Transferable skills

Project management, presentation, communication, coaching, IT, group development, teamwork and self-management skills.

Further study

Course graduates who have focused on coaching and education will be well placed to take their studies higher on Solent’s MA Sport and Development.

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. A number of graduates have also set up successful businesses, such as Surfdreams and Rock and Sun.


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 through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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)
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 (19 in writing) - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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 2015/2016 academic year are:

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

International full-time fees: £10,380 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


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N803
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year N805
  • 3 Years Standard entry N809
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year N802
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year (Jan start) N801