Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Activity Certification
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
MM39020 Only available to scheme N870
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Training diary and reflective report  50%
Semester Assessment Presentation  50%
Supplementary Assessment Training diary and reflective report  (Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  (Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Evaluate their individual skills in an outdoor activity and plan their future skill development

Show an appreciation of the organizational structures, regulations and safety issues relating to their chosen outdoor activity

Discuss the linkages between their chosen activity and the wider environment in which it takes place

Assess the role, status and scale of the activity within adventure tourism


People working in the adventure tourism industry require a range of practical skills in, and knowledge of, outdoor activities such a walking, climbing, kayaking, diving, mountain biking and skiing. Individuals are required to be personally competent in these areas but also to have the required experience and expertise to look after others. This requires formal training and certification. As such this module will provide the opportunity for students to gain experience and training in outdoor activities with a view to gaining industry standard qualifications as awarded by industry lead bodies such as the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), the British Kayak Union (BCU) or the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC). It is also important that students develop an understanding of the role, structure, scale and regulatory framework in which outdoor activities sit, as well as knowing how outdoor activities impact on the wider environment.

Brief description

Students will be required to select and take training in outdoor activity. These training courses will be run external to the University and will be taught by accredited training organisations that have been verified as suitable by the University. The level of the course will be determined by the students experience levels and could range from introductory training to higher levels. The timing of this training will need to be before the Easter of semester 2 in year 2 and will best be done in the summer vacation between years one and two.

In addition to the practical training students will be required to contextualise their activity area within the wider adventure tourism industry. This will be facilitated through a series of in-class workshops and assessments. This will form the basis of the assessment of the module. It is anticipated that students will gain awarding body qualifications as part of this training process but that this will not be a criteria for passing the module. Completion of qualifications may be after the completion of the module and may require further training / assessment and is not a requirement for passing the module.

Students may be required to pay a component part of their training.


This module will include training by outside agencies and each student will be able to tailor their training to their own outdoor activity and at a level appropriate to their experience. As such the content of the module will be different for every student. However, it is expected that courses will include training in some or all of the following areas:

  • Individual skill development in the activity area chosen
  • Safety and risk management issues
  • Understanding and maintaining equipment
  • Supervision of people and group management
  • Emergency response to incidents
Workshops to contextualize the skills tuition will include:

  • Self-reflection and individual skills assessment
  • The professional qualifications and regulatory framework associated with the activity area
  • Establishing the linkages between the activity and the wider environment
  • The role, status and scale of the activity in adventure tourism
It is anticipated that training courses will be of at least 5 days duration in total.

Seminars in term time will supplement this external training and require students to consider the wider dimensions of their chosen activity.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will be required to give a presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be required to produce a training diary and self reflective report that seeks to plan future development of skills in their activity area.
Information Technology Students will be required to make a presentation using AV aids
Personal Development and Career planning The development of outdoor skills is an important part of personal development and the training log and self reflective report will help develop career planning skills
Problem solving Problem solving is a key element of skill development in any outdoor activity
Research skills
Subject Specific Skills
Team work All outdoor activities requires team work and this will be developed within their training


This module is at CQFW Level 6