Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Sport Climbing

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION This unit is intended for students who have limited previous experience of climbing, perhaps from a taster session, and would like to learn the basics of the sport in a more formal manner. Students who have never tried climbing before are also welcome, as all necessary skills will be covered. It is still recommended that following completion of this study-unit, participants should seek to climb with more experienced partners to continue to build on their practical skill. Groups will not be larger than 4 students, for individual guidance in the practical aspects of the study-unit.

Learning Objectives:

● To describe the basic equipment required to climb a single pitch sport route, and related terminology and jargon;
● To demonstrate best practice for climbing routes with a top-rope setup, including tying in with a figure-eight knot and belaying with a passive belay device;
● To demonstrate best practice for setting up and cleaning a top-rope anchor, including abseil descent;
● To demonstrate best practice for leading a sport route and belaying a leader (leading a sport climb is optional, depending on student climbing ability);
● To provide opportunities to practice all the skills taught in this study-unit.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Note: Degree plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though tutors may recommend appropriate manuals to students who would like to take their work in this area further.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.

Students taking this unit will need to be (or become) members of the Malta Climbing Club.


Assessment Component/s Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)


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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2022/3. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.