Module: Amenity, Access and Education

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Matt Reynolds
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    200 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

In line with the principles of sustainable development, students will review case studies of urban and rural amenity/recreation sites, following up with field visits to introduce issues such as the provision, use of physical barriers and requirements for public access to recreation and amenity sites.  Follow-up sessions will provide students with an opportunity to question relevant organisation staff about the various issues.

A selection of urban and rural case studies will be used to explore the historical background to public access, amenity and recreation, including relevant legislation, designations, major regulatory bodies and funding requirements/opportunities.  The programme will further explore the barriers to access from physical (e.g. transport), social and cultural (e.g. race, gender and handicaps) perspectives and consider possible alternative solutions for overcoming such barriers. 

Students, with a specific organisation in mind e.g. BEN Network, National Trust etc., will develop a series of educational resources to exhibit, to include literature, publicity materials, display boards, online / multimedia resources, introducing the site, its nature conservation and / or cultural interest; barriers to access and make recommendations for possible improvements to satisfy legal requirements e.g. Equality Act 2010, CRoW, 2000 etc.

Issues to be addressed within the exhibition will include employment opportunities, income generation, potential environmental and resource implications, funding and budgets, visitor obligations and public liability, accessibility, conservation and sustainability, and the need for regulatory control, management and continued oversight.

A final examination will further test student’s knowledge and understanding of the range of issues pertaining to public access for amenity and recreational activities.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Understand the background and barriers to access and recreation sites including all relevant influences, factors and associated legislation;
  2. Identify and analyse the conflicts and impacts between conservation and public access in the light of sustainable tourism;
  3. Evaluate the potential of, and make recommendations for a specific amenity/recreation site;
  4. Produce and develop a range of educational and interpretative materials in both hard-copy and electronic form suitable for public information and display.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Production of educational material, which could include inter alia posters, leaflets and electronic resources or multimedia presentation 50%
Examination Unseen exam (2 hours) 50%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Broadhurst, R. (2007) Managing environments for leisure and recreation. Routledge
  • Curry, N. (1994) Countryside recreation, access and land use planning. E & FN Spon
  • Keirle, I. (2002) Countryside recreation site management: a marketing approach. Routledge

Supporting texts