The climate emergency and global pandemic have highlighted the importance of spending time in natural environments.  Our intrinsic link to the world around us is unbreakable. It demands care, respect and creative solutions. To keep ourselves safe, we have seen all aspects of life, from social, recreation, education, transportation and even employment, benefit from taking a nature-centred approach. Educators have moved away from stationary classrooms and utilised outdoor education more and more. There is a growing need to learn in and from our local environment. There is an urgent need to care for it. The environmental education sector is flourishing.

This course will empower you to enrich and radically transform educational practices, across a multitude of sectors. We’ll teach you underlying theories and how to apply them to practice. We’ll analyse sustainable development issues, biodiversity loss and the climate emergency. Together, we’ll examine equality of access to environmental education. You’ll develop a critical awareness of the impact of race, gender, disability, economics and government policy on the lives of learners, educators and organisations. Every step of the way, we’ll guide you to become a reflexive and inclusive educator. To foster environments and activities where everyone can join in. To learn, you must experience. To teach, you must first inspire. What greater inspiration is there than the natural world?

Study Details:

Full Time, 1 Years Part Time, 2 Years

Module Details:

  • Skills for Outdoor Environmental Education 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Introduction to Outdoor Environmental Education: Theories in Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Connecting to Nature and Place through Outdoor Learning 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Pathways to Inquiry 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Climate Catastrophe and Educational Environments 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Outdoor Environmental Education Research Project 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Outdoor Educational Leadership: Current Issues 30 Credits Compulsory

Student Destinations

There is a rising demand for outdoor environmental education provision, from early years to life-long learning. Education policies around the globe are highlighting the need to engage with nature and mitigate the future climate crisis. This rewarding sector covers every aspect of life. From sport and leisure, hospitality and tourism to conservation, local government, education, healthcare and wellbeing.

The practical fieldwork experience you’ll gain in farmland, peri-urban, waterscapes and cities will stand you in good stead for careers in an abundance of sectors. In the field of education, you could work in mainstream and special education, alternative provision, higher education, adult learning centres, home-schooling networks and organised youth activities. In leisure, you could work for an adventure education provider. In the environment sector, you could work for a wildlife trust as an education officer. You could even become an entrepreneur and set up your own environmental education business or charity. Wherever you imagine yourself working, whoever you imagine helping, the outdoor sector holds a plethora of opportunities for making a positive contribution in society and in nature.


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Entry Requirements

  • 2:2 (or equivalent) classification in any undergraduate degree or international equivalent qualification
  • GCSE or equivalent English Grade 4/Grade C and above
  • Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide evidence of English language proficiency equivalent to overall IELTS Academic score 7.0 with 6.5 minimum in each band OR credits achieved through other education or allied programmes of study
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning is not available for this course; applicants should apply for the PgCert OEE and on successful completion of their modules will be offered an opportunity to upgrade to the PgDip and then the MSc OEE.

If you are intending to undertake the MSc Outdoor Environmental Education, you will need to apply for the PgDip or the PgCert depending on your entry qualifications. As part of the admissions process you will be asked to confirm your intention to study the MSc Outdoor Environmental Education. This process is required in order to satisfy UK Student Finance Regulations. 

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