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What makes Primary and Outdoor Education at Worcester special?

The environment around us is perhaps the greatest classroom of all, where our abundant natural resources make for exciting teaching resources. This programme explores how the outdoors and our environment can enhance a childís learning, both in a traditional school setting and through outdoor adventure activities. The University of Worcester works in partnership with Herefordshire and Ludlow College to provide an excellent blend of†core skills and knowledge with specialist teaching.†††††††

An increasing amount of research is recognising the benefits that young people gain from learning in the fresh air and freedom of the outdoors. Whether you are targeting a future career as a primary school teacher, or planning to work in environmental education more widely, this degree provides an extensive base of core skills, with a fresh approach that will enable you to work creatively with young people.

Key features

  • Progression pathway in to a career as a teacher with a further year of postgraduate study leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Excellent preparation for a range of future careers, including primary education, outdoor adventure, environmental education, or with organisations like the National Trust
  • Diverse array of topics, including the woodland classroom, bush craft, expedition leadership, as well as outdoor instructor qualifications
  • An inter-disciplinary approach, drawing on Worcesterís established strengths in education, sports science and outdoor leadership

"I have chosen this course because it is unique. It is one of the only ones in the country and it opens up a wide range of different opportunities."

Louise, Herefordshire

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112†UCAS Tariff points

Satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check†††††††

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available at the Home Office website.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email† for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from ††

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • Introduction to outdoor learning
  • Outdoor adventurous activities: personal skills
  • Outdoor safety management
  • Child development
  • Introduction to primary teaching
  • Teaching the curriculum through the outdoors

Year 2

  • Outdoor adventurous activities: leadership
  • Teaching and learning in the outdoors
  • Planning and preparation for outdoor learning
  • Wider professional practice
  • Philosophies of education
  • Research in education

Year 3

  • Understanding the residential experience
  • Outdoor activities and the natural environment
  • Contemporary issues in outdoor learning (Primary)
  • Professional values
  • Creative learning in the Outdoor Environment
  • Independent study

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

In the first year we look at the core skills you need to succeed in education, including an understanding of how children develop, how they learn, and the curriculum, alongside aspects of working safely in the outdoors.

In the second year we will look at creative approaches to teaching, as well as arranging a number of placements to build the range of your experience.

The third year is the time for you to specialise, hone your skills, and pursue those areas that have interested you most. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own thinking further with your Independent Study.


Wide range of assessments including assignments, practical work, presentations and a research-based independent study.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Stephen Pickering

    Stephen lectures on the BA (Hons) Primary Teacher Training route and also on the PGCE in Primary Education, where he is also a tutor. Stephens still seeks the opportunity to teach in primary schools and has also worked with children in schools and here at the university on a number of different programmes and experiences. Stephen taught in a range of schools over a period of fifteen years, including teaching abroad, before working as the Education for Sustainable Development Officer for Worcestershire District Council.

    Stephen has taught on a wide range of interesting courses here including Geography (PGCE and Undergraduate) Pedagogy and Management, Professional Studies, Foundation Subjects, Beyond the Classroom, English.

    Stephen has written widely for Teaching Geography, Primary Teaching, Primary Geography, Development Education Review, Tide and Routledge.

  • Andy Plant

    Andy first joined the University of Worcester from an Advisory role with Hereford and Worcester Education Authority, where he worked with primary and secondary schools across both counties. He originally was a member of the then, School of PE and Sports Science, lecturing on a variety of modules mostly in Physical Education and Coaching. He then moved across to the Institute of Education, to work in Initial Teacher Education, focusing on the areas where he trained and taught in schools namely, physical education and science. He has taught in a number of schools and undertaken a number of roles across both primary and secondary age groups, including the role of Head of faculty in a large Secondary School and as a deputy Head Teacher in a Middle School.

    Since joining the University, Andy has become more involved and interested in the development of Primary Science teaching, he enjoys working with the Post Graduate and undergraduate Teacher Training Students. he now shares the responsibility for leading Primary Science for our post graduate and undergraduate programmes.

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    Colin Wood

    Colin Wood teaches Outdoor Adventure and Work-based learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is involved in research in both areas and leads the innovative MA in Outdoor Education, which supports outdoor professionals wishing to study in their workplace.

    Previously, Colin taught at Herefordshire College of Technology and before that had a long career in Outdoor Education working in senior posts around the world for a variety organisations. Colinís work spanned corporate development, outdoor recreation, sail training and expeditionary learning Ė including leading numerous jungle expeditions.

  • Colleen Hardy

    Colleen lectures on the BA (Hons) Primary Initial Teacher Education degree and also on the PGCE in Primary Education.† She also leads the PGCE Primary PE Specialist pathway.

    Colleen works closely with primary schools and has organised cross-curricular events for them.† Colleen taught in a range of schools during her school-teaching career.† She also worked for a large Outdoor Education company both in the UK and overseas for 10 years undertaking a variety of roles including Group Leader, Centre Manager, Austrian Ski Manager and Learning Skills Manager.


Where could it take you?


The course is appropriate for individuals wanting to become primary teachers and gain QTS status in the future and also to those wanting to work with children in alternative educational contexts. Graduates entering initial primary teacher training would benefit from a specialism for outdoor learning. Graduates choosing to work in an alternative educational context might pursue careers with outdoor education organisations or in peripatetic instruction in educational contexts including schools.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

UCAS Code -†NX75

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Course Leader

Stephen Pickering
01905 54 2080