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Kinsale College of Further Education

Kinsale College of Further Education

Outdoor Adventure Education


Course Code:  5M5148
Award Code(s):  5M5148
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
The Course, which was established in 1987, is now recognised as the primary training opportunity for people interested in outdoor and adventure education.

The intensive two year course is based in the college campus in Kinsale, utilising the extensive resources and equipment available ashore and afloat. Former students who have successfully completed the course are now employed in sailing schools, activity centres and other Outdoor Centres in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Mediterranean. Apart from practical training, the course emphasises the educational possibilities of the outdoors through experiential education and field studies.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Outdoor Recreation 5N5386
Adventure Activities 5N4646
Work Experience 5N1356
Communication 5N0690
Kayaking Instruction Skills 5N5186
Sailing Skills 5N5385
Windsurfing 5N5188
Powerboat Skills 4N4636
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Mountain Skills 5N5706
Safety-Boat Handling skills 5N5205
Single Pitch Rock-climbing 5N6045
Work Experience: Students are required to undertake work experience during the month of May. This opens up the possibility of summer work in other Centres.

 

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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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