Award in Outdoor Education

MQF Level: 6

ECTS Value: 4 ECTS

Duration: 8 Sessions

Contact Hours: 20

Self Study Hours: 48

Assessment Hours: 32


Course Description

This module aims to expose the course participants to outdoor activities and team-building games. Moreover, it aims to give the participants skills to manage a class outdoors while keeping the learning outcomes of the lesson and safety in focus.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to satisfy one of the minimum eligibility criteria:

1. An awarded MATSEC Certificate (MQF Level 4), or equivalent, preferably with a Grade C or better in Physical Education at Intermediate Level;

2. A full MQF Level 4 qualification (with a minimum of 120 ECTS, or equivalent) in the area of Sport, Exercise or Physical Education.

3. An MQF Level 5 qualification (with a minimum of 30 ECTS, or equivalent) in the area of Sport, Exercise or Physical Education.  

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Devise an outdoor education lesson using the exploratory approach;
b) Conduct an outdoor education lesson using the appropriate safety rules and equipment;
c) Critically engage with outdoor education literature, keeping abreast with current trends and practices.


a) Outline a range of outdoor activities according to the learning outcomes framework for physical education;
b) Develop knowledge on the principles of different activities and games related to Outdoor Education such as archery, trekking and backwoods cooking;
c) Determine activities where team effort and teamwork are required to solve tasks.


a) Confidently lead a group of young adults or children into the outdoors, showing appropriate leadership skills, assertiveness and decision-making skills;
b) Reflect and assess group and personal experiences in outdoor activities;
c) Structure and implement an outdoor education lesson catering to a mixed-ability class.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.  

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
1. Stremba B. & Bisson C. (2009) Teaching Adventure Education- Best Practices. Human Kinetics.
2. Prouty D. ,Panicucci J. & Collinson, R. (Eds) (2007) Adventure Education- Theory and Applications. Human Kinetics.
3. Gilbertson K. , Bates T. , McLaughlin T. & Ewart A. (2006) Outdoor Education – Methods and Strategies. Human Kinetics
Supplementary Reading List

1. Harrison G. & Erpelding M. (Eds) (2012) Outdoor Program Administration – Principles and Practices. Human Kinetics.
2. Hellison D. (2011) Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Physical Activity. Human Kinetics.

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