• Code: EF
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award in Outdoor Recreation (5M5148)
    • Mountain Skills Certificate (BOS)
    • Kayak Level 3 (ICU)
    • First Aid Certificate
  • Duration: One Year


This course is designed for those who would like to gain employment in the adventure sector of the tourism and leisure industry. It contains a large practical outdoor element which may take place at a number of locations. Highly motivated Learners may gain National Governing Body Awards as part of the course.

Programme of Study
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Outdoor Leadership & Safety Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Hillwalking
  • Adventure Activities
  • Kayak Skills
  • Orienteering

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

All places are offered following successful interview. Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement. Students must have a proven commitment to sport.

Career Opportunities
  • Outdoor centres
  • Summer camps in the Outdoor Education Centres
  • Youth work
  • Residential Centres
Higher Education Progression*

IT Blanchardstown:

  • Sport Management & Coaching (BN111)

IT Letterkenny:

  • Sports Coaching & Performance (LY228)


  • BA Outdoor Education & Leisure (GA870)


  • Personal Trainer & Leisure Management QQI level 6 (6M4749)
Course Co-Ordinator

Keith Fitzsimmons

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"The Outdoor Recreation Course has opened up a new world of possibilities for me. The training, which is delivered in an exciting, safe and, above all, fun manner, is giving me the skills I need to turn my former hobbies into a career. It is the beginning of my next adventure." - Anna Bakiewicz

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