What's What - The BlueDome guide to outdoor qualifications
Do we need all these Degrees in Outdoor Education ?
Please, oh please can someone tell me why more and more of these courses are springing up? Is it just to keep in line with the governments policy on keeping young people in Education.?
We now have degrees in:
They are springing up all over the country, from Foundation Degrees to Honours Degrees. Why, o why? !
Is this what our Industry is really looking for, tell me the last time you saw an advert for an Instructor looking for someone with a degree in Outdoor Education. As an employer I know that it is the National Governing Body Awards that are the priority with a degree being a nice to have award.
And where do all these students go after they have completed the degree courses ? Certainly with talking with other employers over the past few years we are getting a decline in Instructor applications.
These degree courses are a big con. Students are being told that these will get them into Management positions. What rubbish !
Anyone in the Industry fully realizes that these Senior Positions are filled by people coming through the ranks who have the NGB Awards relevant. What use is someone with a degree in Outdoor Education but without say a climbing qualification.
Young people are being sold the degree courses and they attract them using outdoor activities. Then once students enrol they have what; 12 hours of lessons a week; and have to get out in their spare time to get the outdoor qualifications.
In the recent week there has been much annoyance from within the Education Department of the value of the A level system. Perhaps these concerns should also encompass certain Degree courses.
Who writes the syllabuses to these Degree Courses ?
Is the Industry conferred with as to what elements should be included?
Where do these students go after completing these courses?
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Well what do you think?