GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Outdoor Education (Level 8) Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education and Leisure (Level 7)

Code: GA885 Level: 8 Code: GA870 Level: 7

Mayo Campus

Why study Outdoor Education? This course combines an exciting mix of academic study and skills training in adventure sports. You will build an understanding of the therapeutic, developmental, and educational role of outdoor education and you will study the Irish landscape, safety, communications as well as teaching. You will gain a range of National Governing Body awards in adventure sports such as rock climbing, surfing, hill walking, sailing, and kayaking. One day a week is spent on adventure sports practicals in venues including Achill, Connemara, and surf beaches in Mayo. There are also optional weekend practical courses which provide opportunities for specialisation in adventure sports.

Study Abroad There are great study abroad opportunities to take part in an exchange programme with Western Carolina University, USA. Students will have an opportunity to study Parks and Recreation for a year in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Western Carolina is an excellent location for whitewater kayaking and a variety of other adventure sports. Links have also been developed with the University of Galva in Sweden, where students can spend a semester there studying Arctic Ecology. What are my career opportunities? Graduates find employment as instructors in both adventure and outdoor education centres, and other organisations offering adventure sports as part of their courses. The Outdoor Education courses respond to an increasing demand for professionals in Forest Schools, Nature Kindergartens, Adventure and Nature Therapy, Environmental Education, Eco Tourism and Natural Resource Management. Follow-on Studies Level 7 graduates may progress to the final year of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Outdoor Education. GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

What will I study?

Year 1: • Adventure Activities • Earth Processes • Anatomy & Physiology • Health & Fitness • Communications & Professional Development, Information Technology, Learning & Innovation Skills • Electives in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Marketing, Social Care, Languages Note : Students need to be able to swim 50m in order to take part in the watersports activities

Year 3: • Adventure Activities • Education & Teaching • Facilitation and High Ropes • Advanced Emergency Procedures • Psychology • Ecology • Human Activity & the Environment • Irish Cultural Landscape • Electives in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Small Business Management, Organisational Behaviour, Social Care Practice, Language • Coaching • Sociology • Dissertation • Environment Management & Sustainability • Psychology • New Venture Creation • Geographical Information Systems • Youth Work • Therapeutic Applications of Adventure & Nature • Creative Arts • Relationships in Social Care Year 4: • The Journey • Internal Processes

Student experience

Year 2: • Adventure Activities • Emergency Procedures • Safety & Legislation • Facilitation and Leadership • Environmental Studies • Management

• Electives in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Languages, Web design, Exploring Values, Work Experience, Health Promotion

Department of Business, Humanities & Technology

DURATION 3/4 years



Talk to us: Orla Prendergast, Course Chair Tel: +353 94 9043159 | E-mail:


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