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Thursday 4 June 2015

'Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go' - T.S. Eliot

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” — T.S Eliot


This was the message to Wiltshire College students who attended a taster day hosted by Solent’s adventure and outdoor programme this Monday 1 June 2015. The day was aimed at providing BTEC sport/public service and outdoor students with an insight into the exciting new BA (Hons) Adventure & Outdoor Management degree starting this September 2015.

The taster day involved a presentation and interactive tasks delivered by the course team, a tour of the campus provided by student ambassadors, as well as some practical taster activities in climbing at St Marys climbing wall and powerboating at Warsash Watersports Centre, to give a flavour of the outdoor opportunities available through the University’s many clubs, societies and national governing body qualifications.

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The visitors were informed about how the exciting new programme builds on the successes and strengths of the last 25 years of outdoor/maritime related courses including extreme sports and outdoor education, and which now offers one ‘all-encompassing course’, maximising graduate career opportunities in this diverse industry. College students and staff were able to ‘sneak-a-peak’ at the life of an adventure undergraduate at Solent.

This explored how academic theory and learning can help develop practical employability and management skills as well as seeing the breadth of career opportunities from more traditional roles in outdoor centre management, youth, community and primary/secondary teaching through to more contemporary positions in extreme sports marketing and sponsorship, adventure tourism businesses, military/public service officer level entry and more holistic/health related services through nature therapy.

Course Rep Matt Trenwith, a Level 4 adventure undergraduate, reinforced the scope of this dynamic and exciting industry, talking to students about his planned work placement in Tenerife as a whale watching guide this summer.

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Wiltshire College staff described it as being “a really worthwhile day” which was both “interesting and engaging”. Meanwhile student feedback was also positive: “I learnt a lot about the course and what it has to offer “and ”I gained a good insight to what university would be like”. Others also expressed how the day had given them confidence to consider a university degree “the visit has confirmed my desire to go to University”.

The course team are keen to provide more opportunities to local feeder schools and colleges to help them gain an insight into Solent’s BA (Hons) Adventure and Outdoor Management degree, and to help raise the profile of the extensive range of career prospects open to successful graduates.