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Adventure Sport Science

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Adventure Sport Science

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.

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Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science. Typical offer is based on a minimum of 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Access: Pass 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).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Human Physiology
  • Portfolio Academic skills
  • Practical Water Based Skills Core
  • Practical Land Based Skills Core
  • Psychomotor Behaviour
  • Conducting Successful research Core

Semester 2

  • Human Physiology
  • Portfolio Academic skills
  • Practical Water Based Skills
  • Practical Land Based Skills
  • Psychomotor Behaviour
  • Practical Research Skills Core

Optional Modules

  • Sports Sci career studies (Semester 1)
  • Biomechanics (Semester 2)
  • Physical Activity & Health (Semester 2)
  • Principles of Strength & Cond (Semester 1)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Research Methods Core
  • Psychology of Sport Perf
  • Sport & Exercise Physio
  • Prac Water Based Lead & Coach Core
  • Practical Land Based Skills II Core
  • Project Proposal

Semester 2

  • Prac Water Based Lead & Coach
  • Practical Land Based Skills II
  • Research Expedition
  • Project Proposal

Optional Modules

  • Motor Control & Learning (Semester 1)
  • Sport Nutrition (Semester 2)
  • Applied Sport Psych (Semester 2)
  • Exercise Psychology (Semester 2)
  • Physiological assess skills (Semester 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Stress & Performance
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Research Project (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)

Optional Modules

  • Research in Psychological Skil (Semester 1)
  • Personality & Ind Diffs (Semester 2)
  • App Sport Sci of Elite Perf (Semester 2)
  • Disability Sport & Rehab (Semester 2)
  • Exercise for Clinical Populati (Semester 1)
  • Skill Acquisition (Semester 2)
  • Biochemistry of Exercise (Semester 1)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn an BSc (Hons) degree.

Career paths

This course is also 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. Postgraduate study and a career in teaching (after completing a postgraduate certificate of education), research and lecturing is another vocational route. There are also some specific career opportunities for different degrees listed with the course details.

Some School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science graduates simply use their academic qualification and the transferable skills that they have developed to work in management, the emergency services or to set up their own business.

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Bangor University

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The Complete University Guide 2021 results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

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We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 10 in the country.

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Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. Bangor University is in the top 40 in the UK for research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first-year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated Top 15 in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2020.

Free membership of all clubs and societies

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.

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Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

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