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About the course

This two year accelerated degree covers a wide range of subjects including outdoor learning, coaching, leadership, facilitation, adventure recreation, tourism and extreme sports. You will undertake two 12 week placements placements to develop learning, skills, knowledge and experience in a live industry setting.

BA (Hons) Adventure and Outdoor Management scored 100% overall satisfaction for NSS 2019.

You’ll also be able to diversify further into other contemporary industry trends such as nature and holistic therapies, technological innovations, wildlife, environment, sustainability and conservation and retail management. This is all underpinned by management skills and knowledge delivered through a combination of academic, professional, operational and placement experience.

The taught curriculum was constructed with vital transferable management skills in mind. Whether it be finance, human resources, business, marketing or operations, this course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in future managerial roles and to provide longevity in career potential.

A range of adventure, outdoor and management related topics will give you a broad theoretical knowledge of the industry whilst the uniqueness of two summer placement opportunities (one in the summer of the first year and one in the summer of the second year) will allow you to apply theory to professional, operational practice and with further blended learning assessment strategies.

These mandatory placements are a minimum of 12 weeks per year (paid or unpaid) and encourage the development of real-world skills in a ‘live’ industry setting. Solent’s close partnerships with a range of adventure and outdoor industries give students access to a wide range of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector, support will be provided to help secure appropriate placements. There is also flexibility in placement opportunities including opportunities abroad, which is ideal if you’re considering employment overseas at the end of your degree.

For students wishing to develop their practical outdoor coaching and related national governing body (NGB) and associated qualifications, guidance will be provided on how to pursue these as part of your work placements as well as engagement with Solent's outdoor clubs. Further access to exclusive discounts in a range of water and land-based NGBs are also available. These are optional and offered outside of the course programme as part of extracurricular enrichment activities in partnership with our local outdoor centres.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Easy access to the coast and the New Forest makes Southampton a prime location for water sports and outdoor activities, while Solent’s 30 years of experience in outdoor leisure makes it the ideal choice if you’re considering a career in this diverse and exciting industry.

What does this course lead to?

The adventure and outdoor industries are extraordinarily broad, giving you a chance to combine the activities you love with a lucrative career within two years.

This two year option builds strong relationships with employers and will give you more opportunities for operational experiences. You'll even have the chance to access national governing body qualifications.

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.

Graduates have also progressed into teaching careers at primary, secondary schools and further education colleges.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited if you’re interested in future management careers within the adventure, outdoor tourism and leisure sectors.

Embedded business management studies ensure that students who aspire to progress into management and professional support roles and or wish to set up their own business, are suitably prepared.

The course also provides opportunities for students who want to pursue teaching as a future career.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £11,100 per year
International full-time fees: £15,900 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
  • Written assessment and interview for non- standard entry requirements.
  • Mature students with significant industry related experience and/or alternative qualifications will also be considered.
  • Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent (previously grade C).
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Sport Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 2 years   Apply

Sport Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years  Apply


How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Management Principles
  • Introduction to the Adventure Industry
  • Principles of Outdoor Coaching
  • Marketing Principles
  • Health & Safety in the Outdoor Industry
  • Employability Skills
  • Applied Working Practice

Year two

Core modules
  • Adventure and Outdoor Recreation
  • Outdoor Education
  • Operations Management
  • Research Methods in Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in the Adventure and Outdoor Industry
  • Strategic Management
  • Reflective Practitioner
  • Dissertation


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Rob Burton academic profile Rob Burton Head of Subject View profile
Lynsey Melhuish academic profile Lynsey Melhuish Course Leader View profile
Rhian Jones academic profile Rhian Jones Senior Lecturer View profile
Henry Dorling academic profile Henry Dorling Senior Lecturer View profile
Anya Higgins academic profile Anya Higgins Senior Lecturer View profile
Georgi Ivanov academic profile Georgi Ivanov Lecturer View profile
William Lawless academic profile William Lawless Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

The two compulsory placements provide access to specialist facilities and equipment relating to the adventure and outdoor industry. 

Combines academic theory with professional placement experiences in collaboration with industry to enhance employability of graduates.

Your future

Graduates can consider 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 and community services
  • National governing body agencies
  • Adventure event companies
  • Corporate entertainment
  • Retail - equipment and clothing
  • Adventure media
  • Health, social and welfare services.

Graduates can also progress on to Masters and related postgraduate qualifications in related sport, leisure, marketing, business, management and teaching fields.


Placements are an essential component to the course. One to be completed by end of summer of the first year for a minimum of 12 weeks and the second to be completed by end of summer of the second year for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Students secure their own placements but support is provided by the course team, Solent and the associated employer engagement services within the University.

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