Josie Moss - Student Profiles - University of Derby

Josie Moss

BSc (Hons) Adventure Sport and Coaching Science (current student)

Josie aims high to become a climbing coach

Our BSc (Hons) Adventure Sport and Coaching Science has given Josie Moss a strong foothold as she aspires to hit the heights in a climbing career.

Having just completed her first year, Josie says: “It’s a fantastic course. I've loved every minute of it so far and I feel it’s really preparing me for my future career as I want to manage a climbing team and to become a climbing coach.

“I’ve already completed training towards National Governing Body qualifications, which is free as part of the course, and there are lots of hints and tips to make you a better outdoor instructor and coach.”

Josie chose the degree because she thought it would offer a fascinating range of modules. “When I got to the open day, the lecturers just sold it to me – their energy and enthusiasm for the outdoors is amazing and their knowledge is second to none. I felt I belonged at the University from that moment on: there is a real welcoming, family feel to the course.”

Another big draw was the location, with the dramatic landscapes of the Peak District National Park being just a rope’s throw away. As she says: “What more could you want for an outdoor course?”

Her studies have also taken her further afield, including a five-day residential in the Lake District which entailed climbing, paddling and a two-day walk with a wild camp.

Josie is impressed by the facilities available at the University, including the chance to harness all the specialist equipment in the new Sports Centre at Derby Campus.

She feels, however, that the highlight is the outstanding teaching and the sheer variety of learning on offer. “Every week there is a practical session where we get more experience doing a range of outdoor sports. Nothing about the course is boring: the lecturers and support staff just know so much and inspire us each day. We have small classes so we get to know our lecturers well too.”