FdSc Adventure Sports and Coaching

Are you looking for an energetic career, where you are encouraged to push boundaries and carve yourself an adrenaline-fueled future no matter what life throws at you? 

This course instills the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to inspire and motivate others, it combines plenty of outdoor activities, travel and teamwork to equip you with the skills to build a rewarding career as an adventure sports professional. 

Portraits - Adventure Sports
Student paddling in kayak

Course Overview

Weekly outdoor adventure sports, such as canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, sailing and mountaineering, with our adrenaline-seeking and highly skilled tutors means there is no chance you will get bored! 

Coaching and leadership skills are a strong focus throughout this course so you will leave with a range of industry focused skills ready to start your career or progress to a higher-level course. 

Course Features

  • At least one full day each week participating in outdoor adventure activities 
  • National Governing Body awards* which are essential for coaching and leadership roles. 


* National Governing Body Awards are optional and at an additional cost. Most courses are available below market price. Subject to meeting the relevant pre-requisites. 

Career Options

  • Adventure sports coach 
  • Sports management 
  • Sports development officer 
  • Sports retail/marketing 
  • Instructor 


Course Information

Academic and practical programme that provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for those wishing to progress their career as an Adventure Sport professional.

Careers in the Outdoors are varied and diverse.  This course is designed to give participants the opportunity to progress their practical skills and coaching qualifications, and to provide a theoretical underpinning to enable graduates to progress quickly into leadership and programme management responsibilities.

Students will experience a number of different learning environments designed to develop skills in adventure sports. There is a work placement* in the outdoor industry between Year 1 and Year 2. Modules include:

  • A minimum of 64 tariff points from A & AS levels
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – MPP in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – MM in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport
  •  City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MPP Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport 
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MM in Sport, Public Services or Adventure Sport 
  • Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to Higher Education course
  • Academic and Professional Development 
  • Principles of Adventure Education 
  • Practical Land and Water Based Adventure Sports 
  • Psychology for Adventure Sports 
  • Sports Leadership Theory and Practice 
  • The Adventure Sports Performer 
  • Research Methods 
  • Philosophy of Adventure 
  • Coaching Process and Practice 
  • Positive Change Through Adventure 
  • Work Based Learning 
  • Applied Performance in Adventure Sports 

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips: 

Year 1: 35% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       420 hours

Independent Study:                                        780 hours

Year 2: 24% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       288 hours

Placement:                                                         20 hours

Independent Study:                                        892 hours

Class sizes on practical sessions are limited by risk management and National Governing Body guidance.

Class sizes in Lectures can vary as some modules are common across Sport and Adventure Sport modules and are cohorts are combined.

Assessment Methods

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and professional skills. They include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class examinations.  

The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: 

Year 1 

85% Coursework 

8% Practical 

7% Written exams 

Year 2 

96% Coursework 

4% Practical 


Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided within twenty working days after the submission date. 

Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports. 

Students will be able to access course timetables for the academic year in September.

Timetables are subject to change, but most students can expect to spend 3-3.5 days per week on campus.

RC5502 – Work Based Learning: module requires 150 hours minimum industry relevant activity.  

To offer graduates a leading position in the jobs market, students are given the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by taking additional qualifications during their course of study. Students will have the opportunity to work towards a number of National Governing Body Awards (NGBAs). These can broadly be divided into two categories:

Personal Proficiency Awards, such as:

  • British Canoe Union: 1-3 Star Awards
  • British Canoe Union: 4 Star Leadership Awards
  • British Canoe Union: Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)
  • Royal Yachting Association Sailing Awards: Levels 1 & 2 & Seamanship
  • Royal Yachting Association Powerboat Awards: Levels 1 & 2
  • Royal Yachting Association Competent Crew
  • Hill & Mountain Skills
  • Immediate Temporary Care: 16hr. Outdoor First Aid Award

Coaching or Instructing Awards such as:

  • British Canoe Union: UKCC Level 1 Paddlesport Coach Award
  • British Canoe Union: UKCC Level 2 Paddlesport Coach Award
  • Royal Yachting Association : Assistant Dinghy Instructor & Dinghy Instructor*
  • Royal Yachting Association: Level 2 Sailing / Powerboat
  • Mountain Training: Climbing Wall Instructor (training & assessment)
  • Mountain Training: Rock Climbing Instructor (training & assessment)
  • Mountain Training: Mountain Leader (training & assessment)

Many of these courses will be offered at little or no cost to students, with some of the higher level awards being offered well below market rates.  It is important to note that the additional cost of qualification courses is not necessary for the completion of the Foundation Degree, however they will significantly enhance your future employment and career prospects.

*Courses subject to meeting NGB prerequisites 

Tuition Fees

As a student at UCR, you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.

Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on our student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.

Tuition fees for international students can also be found on our student finance page.

Additional Costs

Additional trips may be available, subject to staffing and minimum numbers of participants (participation in these trips is not a compulsory requirement of the course).

In addition, there may be opportunity to undertake qualification courses. These can be organised to meet the needs of students and participation is subject to meeting the minimum skill and experience requirements set by the relevant governing body.

Equipment Costs

  • Walking boots – £200*
  • Waterproofs – £200*
  • Base layers – £100*
  • Circa 40L rucksack £150*


All items may be sourced second hand and therefore could be cheaper. You will find a range of pricing options available and staff will support you in selecting as appropriate. You may borrow all items apart from walking boots from the outdoor store.

*Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.

Specialist and personal protective equipment is provided. For example, for kayaking the College provides; boat, paddle, spray-deck, buoyancy aid, helmet, wetsuit, cag.

Apply directly through UCAS

A minimum of 64 UCAS points

September 2022
September 2023

Full-time: 2 years

Student Success

Callum Berry | FdSc Adventure Sports and Coaching

“My advice to anyone thinking of becoming an adventure sports undergraduate at Reaseheath is ‘Just go for it. You won’t regret it.’ The amount of practical teaching is unparalleled to any other university and the facilities on and around campus are amazing.”


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