Packed with hands-on learning opportunities, this inspiring foundation degree will help you develop the key skills, knowledge and personal qualities which are valued most in the outdoor leadership industry. You’ll study modules core to outdoor adventure and activity leadership, with options to specialise in areas such as outdoor practical skills, experiential education and inclusive activity. You’ll apply the theory you learn to practical settings, work with diverse client groups and tailor your studies to match your career ambitions. We have strong links across the outdoor and adventure sector so the course is underpinned by the latest industry practices and standards. Such partnerships lead to a variety of professional development opportunities for you, including work-based learning with employers.As part of the course, you’ll also have the chance to gain national government body qualifications in a variety of outdoor activities. These include the Mountain Leader Summer Award, Single Pitch Award, Climbing Wall and Coaching Awards, and British Canoe Union Coaching Awards at Levels 1 and 2. All will boost your professional credibility and look great on your CV. You’ll study mainly at our Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. Set in 55 acres of mixed woodlands, its attractions include a 30 foot climbing wall, high and low rope courses and an artificial underground caving course. It’s the ideal setting for the next generation of outdoor leaders. You’ll build your own skills in outdoor activities but also gain insights into the running of a centre which is popular with corporate clients, children’s groups and outward bound enthusiasts. Fieldtrips are one of the most exhilarating features of this course, introducing you to outdoor leadership in a broad variety of environments and preparing you for the workplace. Apart from regular excursions into the Peak, you could find yourself on expeditions to other parts of the UK such as Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. There may be opportunities to head overseas too. In recent years, our students have pushed their abilities to the limit with ice climbing in Norway, kayaking in Slovenia, sport climbing on the Greek island of Kalymnos and trekking in Morocco. Our teaching team is made up of highly qualified experts with a wealth of professional experience in outdoor and adventure sport as instructors, leaders, coaches and international competitors. We also call on our extensive contacts across the sector to add an extra dimension to your studies through specialist tuition and guest lectures. These could open up even more career avenues for you: recent talks have covered topics such as adventure photography and adventure journalism. Find out more: www.derby.ac.uk/outdoor-and-adventure-sport-courses/outdoor-activity-leadership-fda/.