Outdoor Sports and Recreation

The aim of this award is to enable the learner to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in a range of outdoor sport and recreation activities, to allow them gain employment in a variety of outdoor recreation contexts and/or to progress to further and/or higher education and training. Potential jobs include entry level positions as assistant instructors in adventure centres, adventure tourism companies and private enterprises in Ireland and the UK.

What Makes This Course Special

  • New Course for 2024/25
  • Detailed technical knowledge
  • Expert teaching team
  • Includes essential additional qualifications
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Adventure Activities
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Outdoor Leadership and Safety
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Kayaking Instruction Skills
  • SP Certificate in Lowland Leadership
  • Orienteering

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Ed & Leisure
  • Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Learning
  • Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Learning
  • Recreation & Sport Management

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Outdoor Sports and Recreation 5M5148


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 416397

Coordinator:Robbie Kavanagh

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.