Outdoor and Adventure Sport Courses

TEF Gold - we're rated gold for teaching excellence


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
96% of our students are employed or in further study within six months of graduating


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Outdoor and adventure sport is a rapidly evolving industry promoting quality of life through exhilarating and challenging activities.

Situated at our Buxton Campus, within a rope’s throw of the Peak District National Park, we’ll help you harness your love of the outdoors into a successful career by providing you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you’ll need to make an impact in this exciting world.

You may also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as NGB Awards in climbing, coaching and canoeing to strengthen your knowledge-base and applied experience, providing you with more to offer employers on graduation.


Our Outdoor and Adventure Sport courses are based at our very own Outdoor Leadership Centre, Oaklands Manor. Set in 55 acres of mixed woodlands, its main features include a 30 foot climbing wall, high and low rope courses and an artificial underground caving course. It’s the ideal setting for the next generation of outdoor leaders. You’ll build your own skills in outdoor activities but also gain experience of running our facility which is popular with corporate clients, children’s groups and outward bound enthusiasts.

Exciting Fieldtrips

Fieldtrips are one of the most exhilarating features of our Outdoor and Adventure Sport courses. Our students have found themselves mountain biking in Snowdonia, sea cliff climbing on the Gower Peninsula, caving in the Yorkshire Dales, canoeing in Scotland, ice climbing in Norway and kayaking in Slovenia.


Take a look at our Outdoor Leadership newsletters:

‌‌‌University of Derby Sport Buxton Newsletter September 2016

What our Outdoor and Adventure Sport graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • Outdoor facility management
  • Outdoor activity instruction
  • Youth work
  • Outdoor sport development
  • Coaching and instructing adventure sport
  • Overseas leadership
  • Expedition leadership