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Programme Outline

Awarding Institution/Body:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Title of Final Award:
20 Credits: Post Graduate Certificate in International Industry Based Experience

Optional 2nd year of study provides you with 40 additional credits and a Post Graduate Advanced Certificate in International Industry Based Experience

Award Type:
Post-Graduate Certificate at Masters Level

Postgraduate Study

Part time (Distance Learning)

Delivery Method:
This is primarily an online programme however you will participate in a weekend of lectures and have one-on-one time with your tutor during the 2 day orientation in Preston

Programme Length / Deadlines:
After enrolment, the programme officially begins at the 2 day orientation which will take place at the start of September (exact date to be confirmed). The programme will end once you have submitted your assignment at the end of the semester, usually around early December.

School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors


Start Date:

The Background

One of the toughest decisions you have to face as a graduate is what to do next…

Do you decide to stay in education and continue your studies?

Do you follow the advice of others and get on the job hunt?

Or do you take the time to satisfy your travel bug and work on a summer camp in the USA?

If you’ve already taken part in the Camp America programme, this decision can be even tougher! You’ll no doubt be tempted to spend “just one more summer at camp”, but there’s that nagging voice in your head telling you it’s time to join the ‘real world’. It’s hard to figure out which way to turn. Well now we have the perfect opportunity for you to combine all of the above; your academic achievements, job prospects and desire to work on an America summer camp into one! Camp America has joined forces with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to offer our participants the chance to combine their camp experience with study. For the first time ever, you can now enjoy an incredible summer at camp whilst obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate at Masters Level (either 20 or 40 credits) in ‘International Industry Based Experience’.

How It Works

The Camp America Graduate course offers 20 credits that can be put towards a Masters level degree, which is typically 180 credits in total. So, an impressive 20 credits can be gained from completing a single summer with Camp America.

An introduction to your studies will be provided during a 2 day programme at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). This will be held at the Preston Campus. As this course relies upon independent study, the rest of your work will be conducted online and this will be the only time you’re required to attend the University in person. During these 2 days you will attend lectures and workshops providing you with guidance on how to write and structure your asignment. You will also gain one-on-one time with your tutor who will help you plan your studies for the months ahead and discuss your assignment with you.

Your project in essence is a 4,000 word assignment which reflects your personal, professional and academic development that relates to your summer camp experience. Your reflection will be based upon recognised theoretical models and perspectives, which will be discussed during your 2 day induction at UCLan.

Upon enrolling onto the Camp America Graduate programme, you will be assigned a tutor who will be your main point of contact throughout the programme. They will help you with the direction of your assignment and its focus. Their role will be to guide you towards meeting the required learning objectives.
Once your assignment topic has been approved, you will have a set deadline to complete and submit your assignment. For some people, their chosen thesis will require a summer at camp with reflective diaries kept throughout. Others who do not intend to return to camp, will be able to link back to their past summers spent on the Camp America programme or relate it to their continued involvement with Camp America recruitment.

At the end of this first module you will be awarded a 20 Credit University Post Graduate Certificate in ‘International Industry Based Experience’. If you wish to continue with your studies, you will be able to progress to the next module where you will be able to gain an additional 40 Credits by completing an 8,000 word assignment. This means that you can obtain a total of 60 Credits, which can be accredited towards a Masters level qualification.

These credits can be accumulated towards a number of relevant Masters Degree areas (acceptance onto full Masters programmes is dependent on undergraduate degree relevance to specific Masters programme).

The Benefits

If you’ve already done Camp America, you’ll know first-hand how beneficial a summer at camp can be. Not only is it a whole lot of fun, but you also come away with a huge amount of personal development and an array of life-skills that are becoming increasingly desirable traits to employers. A summer at camp not only demonstrates determination, hard work and independence, but it also develops you into a responsible leader. Over the summer you will have become a role model to dozens of children who relied upon your motivation and drive to make their summer amazing. You unknowingly acquired management and organisational skills and learnt to be creative and use your initiative on a daily basis. By the end of the summer you will have grown into a confident, outgoing individual who can apply these skills into the workplace.

At Camp America we are very proud of the skills that can be developed whilst working on a summer camp in America and we understand how it can further your employability prospects. This new opportunity will allow you to put your Camp America summer into something tangible, by allowing you to gain credits for your experiences, which in turn will help you with your future academic achievements and positively impact on your continued professional development.

"As a senior academic, I passionately believe in the Camp America experience and the added value it brings to young people"
Keith Jones - Programme Tutor

Keith Jones

Keith Jones

Programme Tutor/Academic Liaison

Keith has worked with Camp America for over ten years and has spent the last twenty five years lecturing in Higher Education. He recently retired early, from his post in the Faculty of Sport, Media and Creative Arts at the University of St. Mark and St. John Plymouth. There, he lectured on the Undergraduate Programs in Education, Coaching and Physical Education and on the Masters program in Education and Sport Development.

His Masters degree is in Education whilst his Doctoral studies focused upon, ‘The Internationalisation of Curriculum’. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has spent over twenty five years developing academic and professional partnerships with numerous Universities around the world.

Additionally, Keith has led adventure education expeditions in Europe and field trips to the USA and Malaysia. He is the, Project Director for ‘Camp America’ and currently lectures on the BA in Professional Practice for ‘The Learning Institute’. He is also a consultant working for a number of American Universities.

Much of Keith’s leisure time has been taken up with Sport of some kind. He is a keen skier and has recently returned from white-water rafting in the Grand Canyon.

Sue Minten

Sue Minten

Programme Leader/Tutor

Sue is a senior lecturer in Sport Business Management at the University of Central Lancashire and teaches undergraduate and post graduate modules in managing people and professional development in sport. A key part of her role involves delivery of modules on the distance learning MSc Sport Business Management. She has worked in Higher Education for 23 years, prior to that she spent five years working in sports facilities management in the public sector.

Between 2002 and 2005 Sue was seconded to work with the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands, as Cluster Innovation Manager to enhance links between HE and the leisure industry. Sue completed her PhD entitled, ‘Graduate employability in Sport: the transition into the workplace’, at the University of Sheffield and also has a MBA from Liverpool John Moores University and a BA (Hons) Sports Studies from Sheffield Hallam University.

Sue is an active researcher and has published papers on graduate employability and careers, and managing change in elite sport, in a number of peer reviewed academic journals She is also a co-author of the Routledge textbook: ‘Human Resource Management in the Sport and Leisure Industry’. Sue is actively involved in the sport industry and is a community director/board member for Burnley Leisure Trust.

Dan Pugh

Dan Pugh

Camp America Liaison Officer

Dan is a graduate from Northumbria University (2009), with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in Sports Development with Coaching. A North-East native, Dan has always had a passion for sport and leisure which was the main driving force behind him going on to university and furthering his study in that area.

Whilst at Northumbria Dan started his camp experience and ended up experiencing 5 fantastic summers at Kamp Kohut, a private/residential camp in Maine. His first 2 summers were spent during the University summer breaks and his main roles were Soccer Counsellor and Senior Cabin leader. Throughout his 5 summers with Kohut Dan progressed to Assistant Landpsorts Director and finally Landsports Director which meant he was in charge of over 13 different sport activity areas and 25 staff members. Within those 5 years he was hired by his camp to work year round for 18 months to help with the camp’s off season duties as well as his summer role.

All of these experiences were developed and resulted from his University experiences and degrees and lent well to his history and drive for sport. Currently Dan works full time in the London office for Camp America. Along with managing the masters programme, he is also responsible for recruiting applicants with high demand skills.