About This Course
Are you one of life’s adventurers or thinking of a career in Adventure based sport?
If so, then this is the course for you!
You may have dreamt of climbing Everest, wondered what ‘it takes’ to Big Wall climb in Yosemite or perform successful Glacial travel in Antarctica. You may have Ice climbed in Norway, walked the 15 peaks of Wales, or completed Trad climbing in the UK. Perhaps you dream of Sailing the Atlantic, Surfing ‘Jaws’, or Kayaking the Conwy Valley? Maybe you’re interested in undertaking an expedition in adventurous terrain or simply excited about Adventure Sport? This course is uniquely designed to help you realise these dreams.
By providing you with ‘hands on’ experience and understanding of the core Sport Science studies of human responses to adventure environments and performance in adventure sports, you will gain the skills required for a career in the expanding Adventure market. This essential core Sport Science knowledge is uniquely combined with the continuous opportunity to develop your own adventure and outdoor skills. Specifically, as well as learning core Performance and exercise science, you will complete ‘doing’ modules with the emphasis on adventuring out and learning practically. If you want to get out in the mountains, beaches, camp, hike, scramble, winter walk, climb, explore the sea cliffs on foot and from a kayak, and want to do it practically ‘hands on’ through whole days out then this course for you.
This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for Adventure Sport Science with Placement Year BSc C61P. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' courses here.
The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
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Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- 5th (of 76) for course satisfaction - Guardian Good University Guide 2020
- 5th in the UK for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2020
- 2nd in the UK for Value Added demonstrating our ability to help each student achieve their best possible outcome - GGUG 2020
- We are internationally renowned for our work in sport science and you’ll be studying at a research-led Sport Science School that was 7th in the UK in the most recent governmental assessment - REF 2014
- The School was one of the first to offer an academically focussed degree integrating its internationally renowned expertise in sport science with more vocational elements concentrating on outdoor activities
- In the Teaching Excellence Framework, Bangor University was the 1st university in Wales to be awarded Gold
- The School has close links with UK Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Rugby and the Ministry of Defence (to name a few)
- Bangor’s location makes it an ideal place to study outdoor activities as there is access to a wide range of natural environments ranging from the coast to the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park
- This course draws on expertise from staff who are leading researchers in their fields but also actively participate in outdoor and high-risk activities such as climbing, canoeing, skiing, etc. The vocational elements of this degree are strengthened further by input and delivery from highly qualified and experienced outdoor practitioners at our external partners, Snowdonia Watersports and the Conway Centre
- Students undertake an Expedition module (run by the Conway Centre) integrating their scientific knowledge, outdoor activity skills and life skills, to complete a mountain- and/or water-based journey in a wilderness environment. Previous students have visited the Alps and Nepal
Students will typically have one or two hours of lectures per week for each module as well as laboratory time, seminars and tutorials. This direct contact time will be tied with student-centred learning such as reading, writing essays and reports, gathering information and data, working on group projects and preparing verbal and poster presentations. These form the basis of your assessment, along with examinations, case studies and critiques of research.
What will you study on this course?
We aim to equip you over the programme to become adventure ‘experts’ in terms of applying core sport science to the world of adventure, whilst also giving you the practical skill sets to undertake independent mountain and water based adventures yourself. There is a real focus on you developing your own personal and group skills in judgment and awareness as well as the practical skills of a variety of adventure activities. These independent skills will stay with you for life and help you realise your goals.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Adventure Sport Science Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Project: Printing of posters = £20 (if submitted before deadline) or £28 (if submitted late).
Students will also need to purchase a memory stick or compact disc to store their project data for submission.
Modules JXH-1024 and JXH-2029: students must purchase a map of Snowdonia and a compass (approx. £20 total).
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Project: Students may choose to travel to collect data for their projects.
Students may choose to work with vulnerable participants requiring them to complete a DBS check (£44).
Students may choose to complete a project with costs (e.g. lab consumables). The first £50 is paid for by the School. Any additional costs will be met by the student.
JXH-2030 Research Expedition module: This field trip is free of charge. However students may choose to complete the expedition beyond Snowdonia. If they do so they must pay additional petrol costs. Typically these are £25 per person.
Graduation Tea is free of charge to all graduates but additional tickets may be purchased for friends and family at £10 per head.
Optional extra-curricular courses, e.g. Gym Instructors Course approx. £500; First Aid Course approx. £30-£100; National Governing Body Award qualifications at £100-£500 per course.
Students may choose to buy personal safety equipment (e.g. their own waterproof jacket). However this equipment can also be borrowed from our outdoor providers.
We do not require students to submit a bound copy of their dissertation.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 48 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: PPP - DMM
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Sports Leaders UK: Higher Sports Leadership qualifications
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Extended Project Qualification
- General Studies not accepted
- Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the outdoors (e.g. practical experience, work experience, Duke of Edinburgh Award).
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
This course is ideal preparation for a career in the outdoors as an instructor, an exploration or expedition leader, in outdoor development training, and also in education and recreation generally.
All our courses will prepare you for a career as a sport scientist, working with squads of elite athletes and performers to fine tune their training; sport science research; working in the public health sector, for example in sports therapy or physiotherapy; or working in the health/fitness industry generally.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.