Why study outdoor learning?

Outdoor Learning examines the processes of working in communities. It has fresh way of understanding work with children, young people, families and communities. Bringing together informal education, community learning and development that outdoor learning can make.

A lot of agencies who focus on outdoor learning also work in community settings. Many of their workers have leading body awards or qualifications in particular outdoor specialisms. Workers may not have studied is the process of working with individuals and groups and the relationships involved.

Similarly, many community-based organisations use outdoor learning and their workers need to appreciate the special contribution this makes, and what it requires of them.

Our diploma programmes are all concerned with the development of the whole person and of the community. Bringing together informal education, community learning and development, helping and care brings out the special contribution that outdoor learning can make. At its heart is a focus on relationship and encouraging change.

What do you study?

You study the following modules:

  • Introducing study explore studying key themes of the programme and how it works
  • Reflecting on our experiences: looking at our experiences; attending to feelings; deepening understanding; working one-to-one and building relationships
  • Explore helping help build relationship, community development and participation
    Facilitating informal education: being an educator; trusting in conversation; fostering democracy, exploring refection, learning and living with values
  • Teaching and group work design programmes; teaching and managing groups assessments and evaluate activities with groups
  • Reflection on professional practice direct work with children, young people and communities (3 modules)
  • Developing outdoor learning experience the outdoors – elemental learning, youth work and community learning
  • Prepare for outdoor learning facilitate learning outdoors and indoors. Bringing it back home – embedding learning in daily life. Developing practice. Reflecting on ourselves as outdoor and community educators and youth workers.

At this point you can either finish the programme or carry on completing one further unit which leads to the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Why add in the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

For a little more work you gain a qualification that can be compared to A levels and used to apply for a university place. UCAS – the main national route for making applications – has a new tariff or points system. It uses the credits you gain on your access programme to work out the entry points you have.

The table gives some examples – and how they stack up in relation to A levels. In an Access programme of 60 credits, 45 of these are graded and then used to build the score.

On the UCAS site there is a handy calculator where you feed in your results and see how many points you have.

How does Diploma Studies work?

Students can apply for this diploma programme at any time of the year. They are then registered at the nearest start point – January or September.

Most students complete these courses within 12 months. They learn through a using a mix of face-to-face practice, online forums, specially prepared interactive study materials (accesible on mobile, tablets, desk tops or simply print), and activities and assignments. Students also have the support of a work place supervisor and a tutor. Materials, forums and activities are accessed, and work submitted, through our dedicated e-learning system ymoodle.

Diplomas are awarded on the basis of successful completion of a work-based placement; written assignments and activities; regular meetings with a dedicated supervisor and line manager; and submission of final professional practice assessment package.

The College is also able to organise a taught version of the diploma for agencies that have a group of students who want to complete the course with the support of a tutor.

For more details on how to apply or if you would like to discuss any of the above or have a course tailored to your needs, please contact our Further Education Coordinator fecoordinator@ymca.ac.uk