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BA (Hons) Adventure and Outdoor Management

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

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With 25 years’ experience in outdoor leisure, Southampton Solent University are experts at producing knowledgeable and industry ready adventure management graduates. Combining the practical elements of adventure sports management with essential business management skills, this programme is well suited to those who are looking to enter the sports tourism, leisure or outdoor entertainment industry.

  • Southampton Solent University is ideally positioned to offer a range of watersports training.
  • Students enjoy easy access to the New Forest and its many outdoor attractions.
  • Management and business skills are taught throughout the degree, giving you the essential transferable skills needed for management roles.
  • Students are offered the opportunity to earn national governing body (NGB) awards.
  • Excellent sports facilities enable you to practice the activities you love throughout your time at Southampton Solent.
  • Tuition fees include the cost of outdoor residential experiences during year one, and a range of day trips, short breaks and industry visits in year two and year three.
  • Strong industry links and an established graduate network have helped past students to secure work placements, permanent jobs and options for work placements abroad during their studies.
  • The course is taught by a highly experienced team, many of whom are still active in the outdoor industry.
  • Solent’s RYA Training Centre is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
  • Ample support is given to students interested in setting up their own business.

The industry

The adventure and outdoor entertainment industry is extraordinarily broad, giving you a chance to combine the activities you love with a long and lucrative career. An outdoor and adventure management degree will help you to get this career started, potentially giving you an advantage over those who are choosing to work their way up in the industry.

This is especially true at a time when the industry is in urgent need of ‘work ready’ graduates who understand what it takes to manage outdoor activities and related outdoor industry provision.

The programme

The curriculum was constructed with vital transferable business skills in mind. Whether it be finance, human resources or site management, this course aims to equip learners with the knowledge they need to succeed in managerial roles.

The beginning of the course covers a range of topics and aims to give learners a broad knowledge of the industry. During the second year students are encouraged to explore their particular areas of interest through application to assessments and research projects. In the third year of study, students are able to specialise and pursue optional units that relate to their desired career.

Students are also offered the opportunity to undertake flexible work placements before the end of year two, encouraging the development of real-world skills in a ‘live’ industry setting. This placement can also be carried out abroad, which is ideal for those considering employment overseas at the end of their degree.

Teaching is delivered by a course team with a wealth of experience in the outdoor sectors, enabling past students to take advantage of strong links with industry partners. These partners include the Skills Active Outdoor Employer Group, the Institute for Outdoor Learning, JB Ski, Neilson, Skern Lodge, and many more.

These partnerships also enable the team to keep up to date on trends and issues that affect the industry and offer students a range of guest lectures, live briefs, work placements and recruitment opportunities.

Students are given the chance to study NGBs. These extra qualifications help to ensure that when it’s time to look for a professional role, Southampton Solent graduates stand out from the crowd. These NGBs include: RYA Safety boat, Dinghy Instructor/BMC Climbing Wall Award – Training, NICAS and lead climbing/BCU star awards.

Some NGB’s are delivered as part of the course, whereas others can be undertaken as extracurricular enrichment activities. Students are also encouraged to engage with Solent’s many clubs and societies.

Southampton Solent University is perfectly equipped to deliver training in a range of traditional and water based outdoor activities. We are just a short distance from Warsash Maritime Academy’s RYA Training Centre (a part of Southampton Solent University), which offers a vast array of first-class watersport facilities.

Are you interested in starting your own business? Southampton Solent’s enterprise centre is dedicated to helping student entrepreneurs to achieve success - providing support in the form of funding, office space, mentoring and guidance, all of which can be accessed both throughout and after your time here as a student.

For the second year running, Southampton Solent University has been named as one of Britain’s top 20 universities for graduate start-ups (Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2014-15).

Next steps

Think a career in outdoor management might be for you? With close industry links, outdoor residential trips, and opportunities to learn a range of valuable management skills, Southampton Solent University is the ideal place to get your career off to a great start.

Have you got a question about applying?


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

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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

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points


Year one:


Core units

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

Year two:


Core units

  • 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:


Core units

  • Strategy for Business
  • Contemporary Issues within the Adventure and Outdoor Sector


  • 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
  • Evaluating Events Organisation
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Dissertation for the Leisure Services Industry
  • Literature Based Research
  • Effective Marketing Communications
  • Hospitality Management

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course is taught through lectures, seminars and workshops, all 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

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The adventure and outdoor sports industry is extraordinarily broad, giving you a chance to combine the activities you love with a lucrative 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.

Career management opportunities through teaching, coaching, facilitating, instructing, co-ordination, marketing, selling, developing in the following industry areas:

  • Outdoor adventure centres
  • Schools and colleges
  • Military / public services
  • Youth & community services
  • National governing body agencies
  • Adventure event companies
  • Corporate entertainment
  • Retail; equipment & clothing
  • Adventure media
  • Health, social & welfare services

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 or have the potential to progress onto a PGCE for those interested in teaching.

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


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • Mature students with significant industry related experience and/or alternative qualifications will also be considered.
  • 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).
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- 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 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 2016/2017 academic year are:

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

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit:

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


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