BSc Honours Countryside Recreation & Tourism

In Aberystwyth

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  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location

    Aberystwyth (Wales)

  • Duration

    3 Years


The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for a career in many sectors of the countryside recreation and tourism industry.




Aberystwyth (Cardiganshire/Ceredigion)
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Aberystwyth University, Penglais, SY23 3DA


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To take into account

GCSE * (min grade C) Mathematics and a Science subject *** UCAS Tariff 200 points International Baccalaureate 28 European Baccalaureate Overall pass with 70% min in 4 relevant subjects * All schemes require grade C in GCSE English or Welsh or an acceptable equivalent. *** Key Skills level 3 Application of Number acceptable in lieu of GCSE Maths.

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Course programme

The importance of recreation and tourism to the health of the rural economy is increasingly being recognised. This Countryside Recreation & Tourism degree provides an understanding of the countryside itself together with the disciplines of recreation and tourism. The emphasis of the course is on harmonising the often competing needs of the countryside with those of visitors, rural communities and tourism operators. You will study a wide range of subjects through a combination of lectures, visits, study tours and work related assignments. You also have the option to undertake some of your study abroad in a European or American university and carrying out some work experience. This dynamic course provides you with the skills, knowledge and background needed to enter a successful career in countryside recreation and tourism.

Key features

  • Vocational 3 year course
  • Specialise in recreation and tourism
  • Skills development
  • Optional European exchange
  • Continuous assessment
  • Optional work experience
  • Visits and study tours
  • Enthusiastic and supportive staff

Content and Structure

This vocational course focuses on the underpinning knowledge of recreation and tourism and applies it to the background of the countryside. A broad range of subjects is therefore available to you on this course. Example subject areas include:

Year 1
The tourism industry; tourism in practice (study tour); countryside recreation; countryside organisations; rural communities; archaeology; ecology; rural economics; geology and landform.

Year 2
You may take a six-week period of assessed work experience in the vacation between years 1 and 2.

Rural tourism management; international tourism; wildlife management; visitor management; access to the countryside; human impact on the environment; landscape; countryside law; research techniques; countryside planning and advanced ICT. There is the option of an overseas study tour to a tourist destination such as Malta.

Year 3
Individual research project; cultural tourism; sustainable tourism; recreation planning; marketing; interpretation and environmental education; species conservation; visitor attraction management; global biodiversity; current issues in recreation and tourism; integrated rural resource management. There is also a week of study visits.


You will be assessed through a mixture of continuous assessment and formal examination. Continuous assessment is in the form of assignments, which are designed to be as realistic as possible and will develop your skills as well as your knowledge. Example assignments include:

  • Producing a recreation plan for a countryside site
  • Developing a sustainable tourism project for an area
  • Producing an interpretive leaflet or panel
  • Carrying out a community audit

Additional information

Career opportunities: Employers include local authorities, national parks, the National Trust, and rural tourism enterprises. If you enjoy being out and about in the countryside, why not work in a job where you can spend most of your time in it?
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