Bicton College

FdA Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management

Study a specialist degree at a renowned land-based college and enjoy Plymouth University’s endorsement and resources. Take advantage of our close links with employers, as more than 88% of our students move on to the career of their choice.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • BCBU109 Business Enterprise

      This module creates an awareness of the processes and financial skills required to operate a business. There is a focus on the need for enterprise culture and behaviour within organisations to respond to external market demands and opportunities.

    • BCBU112B Professional Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • BCOL108 The Leisure Environment

      To ensure students recognise the significance of leisure pursuits as an aspect of contemporary society and to examine the characteristics of leisure that contribute towards social community and individual needs.

    • BCOL109 Outdoor Leisure Provision, Operations and Practice

      Provides a substantial experience of theory and practice for the outdoor adventure industry. Enabling students to operate in a manner that is both safe and environmentally sustainable and to provide a comprehensive understanding of Outdoor pursuit national governing body structures and schemes.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • BCBU209 Business Operations

      This module considers the processes and skills that need to be in place for a business to operate and plan for the future. It provides a framework to apply techniques to aid decision-making and contingency planning and considers how organisations satisfy the needs of their customers and stakeholders within market orientated businesses.

    • BCOL106 Countryside Leisure Management

      Outdoor activities take advantage of land and waterscape areas. Having an understanding of these environments is essential for effective stewardship, conservation, co-existence and sustainable use.

    • BCOL107 Performance in Adventure Sports

      This module is concerned with developing performance in outdoor and adventurous activities. Performance of individuals can be enhanced through training and effective coaching. This requires examining technical, tactical, physiological and psychological elements.

    • BCOL203 Expedition and Adventure Tourism

      To provide an understanding towards the purposes and uses of adventure tours and expedition experiences. Analyse the holistic values associated with adventure recreation, social and education development and life skills growth. To Investigate associated national and international employment and career opportunities within this field and provide an understanding of the management & leadership responsibilities within the planning, organisation, participation / facilitation and evaluation processes of an expedition.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • BCBU208 Independent Research Project

      This module allows students to undertake an academic study into a subject of their own choice, which may be proposed by a vocationally relevant organisation or linked to their professional practice placement. The module requires them to develop a project plan, undertake primary and secondary research, analyse, interpret and report their findings in a format suitable for peer review and wider dissemination.

    • BCOL201 Facility Management

      To ensure that students understand the factors contributing to the design, operation and performance of an outdoor leisure facility. Students examine historic and current practices and learn to apply them to future possibilities in this field. Students are encouraged to think laterally & critically of national and international examples and apply best practice in light of their research.

    • BCOL202 Development Training

      This module covers the origins and structures of development training, its underpinning philosophy and applications in outdoor and associated industries.

    • BCOL204 Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management

      To provide an understanding of the theories and practises of outdoor adventure leadership. Develop the student's supervisory capabilities across a range of outdoor adventure pursuits while recognising their responsibilities towards risk and sustainable management.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Bicton College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Bicton College

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