Adventure Studies

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You love outdoor adventure and are inspired by our natural wilderness. Not only do we offer a range of courses and degrees in the tourism, adventure and marine sectors but with majestic mountains, rivers and seas as your classroom there is no better place to study.

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As well as our four degree programmes, we have two very practical one-year courses that are a great way to expand on your skills in adventure activities and improve your performance.

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Outdoor Adventure NQ

Based in Broadford, Isle of Skye

Improve your personal competence in a range of outdoor adventure activities and accelerate your learning in challenging environments. Our highly skilled tutors will guide you on your way in developing sound skills and experience in mountain, river and sea environments.

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Outdoor Leadership NQ

Based in Fort William

Explore many different activities – from paddle sports and mountain biking to rock climbing – during your course, learning everything you need to know to be a professional activity instructor. Master your skills in mountain, river and sea environments.

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Adventure Degree Programmes

Angus Hulbert, one of our Marine and Coastal Tourism degree students, is out on the water and talking about the highlights of the course for him so far.   

You can choose from a range of degree courses in the tourism, adventure and marine sectors all delivered from our base in Fort William.

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Marine and Coastal Tourism BA (Hons)

This unique course focuses on the skills you need to become a tourism professional in the marine and coastal sector. You will consider many aspects including activities, climate and environment, community, customers and policy. Benefit from our strong links with many marine and coastal-based businesses in Scotland and throughout the UK.

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Adventure Education BA (Hons)

Adventure education is about creating learning opportunities through adventurous activities. It is fundamental to the modern adventure sector as well as a significant and diverse area of future employment. As an educator in this field, you will be responsible for providing safe, adventurous experiences, promoting learning to help others to discover, reflect, and develop.

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Adventure Performance and Coaching BSc (Hons)

You will combine the skills and knowledge of the applied sports scientist with those of a modern adventure professional in ever-changing outdoor environments, preparing you to coach and guide the next generation of adventure athletes and participants who demand greater outcomes in their adventure sport.

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Adventure Tourism Management BA (Hons)

Adventure tourism is the fastest growing area of the tourism industry and has taken the adventure sector by storm in recent decades, bringing adventurous activity experiences into commercial tourism. New, fresh and continuously developing, our graduates have a fantastic opportunity to become a part of the story of shaping this dynamic sector.