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PLAS y BRENIN AND The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

UCLAN at Plas y Brenin

Degree Opportunities for Outdoor Professionals

Sports and outdoors students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) benefit from collaboration with Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre, to help deliver selected practical elements of their Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Sports Coaching degrees.

A combination of UCLan and Plas y Brenin staff jointly deliver a range of modules at the National Mountain Sports Centre that develop the students’ practical, coaching and leadership skills.  This includes mountaineering, rock climbing, white water kayaking, sea kayaking and canoeing. 
Alongside the degree students the University’s Institute of Coaching and Performance work closely with Plas y Brenin on research projects, like understanding the judgement and decision making processes of experts in adventure sports, that help to influence the future development of the outdoor profession. 

Interested in a career in the Outdoors? A summary of the courses available at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is provided below. For further information, please follow the links to the relevant course pages on the UCLan website.

 

Undergraduate courses available at UCLan (for 2016/17 entry):

Outdoor Leadership BA (Hons)

Canoeing with UCLan studentsThis dynamic course will give you the practical and leadership knowledge you need to be an effective outdoor leader, at the forefront of modern practice. As well as developing an in-depth understanding of the practical, theoretical and contemporary issues within Outdoor Leadership, you’ll get real-world hands-on experience through a number of week-long residentials in a range of outdoor environments (at Plas-y-Brenin National Mountain Centre with whom UCLan have a close partnership).
The planning and undertaking of fieldwork and expedition opportunities, nationally and internationally, is a feature of the Outdoor Leadership programme alongside reflective practice, risk management and practical development. You’ll also have the chance to gain industry-required National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications via a structured enhancement programme organised in conjunction with the course.




Adventure Sport Coaching BA (Hons)

Hillwalking with UCLan studentsTurn your love of outdoor and adventure sports into a rewarding career with the help of this practical, hands-on course. The BA (Hons) Adventure Sports Coaching is a dynamic course that examines a range of contemporary issues relating to the practice of outdoor/adventure sports coaching. Throughout the programme emphasis is placed on developing a range of attributes essential for the modern outdoor/adventure sports coach. Additionally students are equipped with skills to make coaching decisions based on informed current thinking as well as individual coaching philosophies.
You’ll get real-world hands-on experience and the opportunity to develop the necessary practical skills on a number of week-long residentials in a range of outdoor environments (at Plas-y-Brenin National Mountain Centre, with whom UCLan have a close partnership). You’ll also have the chance to gain industry-required National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications via a structured enhancement programme organised in conjunction with the course.


Outdoor Leadership BA (Hons) – Foundation Entry


Rock Climbing with UCLan studentsFoundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme.
Not just for sports enthusiasts and adrenalin junkies - this dynamic course will give you the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to be an effective outdoor leader, at the forefront of modern practice. This course has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for a diverse range of career opportunities, from leading international expeditions, coaching and performance enhancement to sports management, public services and a wide range of roles within the outdoor leadership industry.




Adventure Sports Coaching BA (Hons) – Foundation Entry

Canoeing with UCLan studentsFoundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. You'll be provided with opportunities to gain wide-ranging practical skills, knowledge and experiences that will equip you to work as professionals in the outdoor/adventure sector.
Furthermore, you’ll have the chance to gain industry-required National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications via a structured enhancement programme organised in conjunction with the course.
You'll learn from teaching staff who are experts in their field, actively involved in research and committed to personal development in both their applied and theoretical disciplines and there are national and international expedition opportunities.

Outdoor Leadership BA (Hons) – Top Up

Hillwalking with UCLan studentsThis dynamic, experiential course is designed to allow students with an HND or Foundation Degree to consolidate and further develop those qualifications into a BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership degree. It will give you the practical and managerial knowledge you need to be an effective outdoor leader, at the forefront of modern practice; as well as developing an in-depth understanding of the practical, theoretical and contemporary issues within Outdoor Leadership.







For the practising Outdoor Professional (for 2016/17 entry)

Outdoor Leadership BA (Hons) –  Top Up (Blended Learning)


Canoeing with UCLan studentsThis unique Top up course offers those cuurently working in the Outdoors the opportunity to engage with academic study in a flexible and student centred way. The course allows you to draw on your own experiences as a practitioner and discuss and inform your practice through engagement with the relevant literature. You will be learning amongst other practitioners in the industry allowing you to share ideas and develop a new community of practice. You will learn from teaching staff who are experts in their field, actively involved in research and committed to personal development in both their applied and theoretical disciplines. There is an induction weekend at the beginning of the course which is designed to help you reengage with academic learning, and prepare you for the forthcoming modules. Each module is delivered one at a time, with overlap only coming towards the end of the programme when you will undertake a small independent research project.


 

For further information on any of these courses and other undergraduate opportunities:
Call: 01772-892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Website: www.uclan.ac.uk

 

Post graduate courses available at UCLan (for 2016/17 entry):

Professional Masters in Elite Performance (M.Prof)

Kayaking with UCLan studentsThe Professional Masters in Elite Performance (MProf) is designed to provide practitioners with a masters level qualification for professional enhancement across relevant performance domains, i.e coaching, education, science and medicine, those involved with the performing arts, business coaches, military and other structured service providers. The MProf provides an opportunity for those working in elite performance to complete a programme of study focused on career-based needs and aspirations.

 

Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (D.Prof)

Climbing with UCLan studentsThe Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (D.Prof) is an exciting and original initiative, capable of providing a high level, vocationally focused award to a broad range of professionals, including, but not limited to, coaches (in sport and business), scientists in support roles, medical/paramedical practitioners, military and other structured service providers, and all those involved in the performing arts. Offering an equivalent to PhD level, the D.Prof provides an opportunity for those working in elite performance to complete a programme of study focused on individual needs.


 

For further information on any of these courses and other post graduates opportunities:
Call: 01772-892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Website: www.uclan.ac.uk


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