The teaching and learning approach of the course is based around bespoke support for individual student needs. These needs are identified by the student through the completion of a learning contract, and later through work based project proposals. In addition to bespoke support, the student has on-line access to a wide range of on-line lectures and resources that cover most aspects of the subject area, as well as study skills. These methods are supplemented by action learning sets, on-line seminars, and teaching and tutorials in small groups of between 2 and 5.
Students can only undertake this course if they are engaged in professional practice in a related field, as such the majority of study is self-directed and is situated in the workplace, at distance or on-line. Students may choose to select between 1 and 4 modules per year. Teaching contact hours are largely determined by the student needs. Teaching contact hours will vary throughout the course as students needs change and will vary throughout the academic year in response to the types of student activity.
If a student selects 3 modules in a year they should expect the following contact hours over the 2 semesters:
- On-line resources and tasks: 1-2 hours week
- Action learning sets: on-line group work ½ hour per week
- On-line seminars: 3 webinar / seminars in small groups of between 5 and 15
- Masters days - 3 sessions of 4 hours including teaching and tutorials in small groups of between 5 and 15;
- Project supervision (by email, Skype, phone or in person): ½ hour per week
In addition, students will be expected to undertake around 4-5 hours of personal study each week including reading and preparation for classes and assessments, structured reflection, project work, online activities etc.
During the academic year students will have opportunities to meet / Skype with module tutors on a one to one or small group basis to discuss assessments and will meet with their personal academic tutor (online or in person) on 2 occasions to discuss academic and personal development.
Part-time only (2-6 years)
Students are expected to plan their study and their contact with University staff around their work commitments. The precise contact hours will be largely determined by the student, but will depend on the number of modules selected.
You will be taught by academics in outdoor education and engaged with an array of professional bodies and employers within their pathway disciplines including the Institute for Outdoor Learning. Through involvement of the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science Sports Employers Advisory Panel (SEAP), a wide range of employers were consulted with and provided support and advice for the structure and content of the course, and its relationship to existing professional practice and employability.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
- Part-time only
- Work-based learning
- Email and Web based support
- Continuing professional development
- Flexible approach means you can study at your own pace