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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Outdoor Education and Leisure (Mayo- Add-on)

Learning through adventure

Discipline: Outdoor Education

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year add-on

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Places: 20

Why Study?

This programme explores the educational, developmental and therapeutic aspects of outdoor and adventure education.

Aisling Deasy BA (Hons) Outdoor Education and Leisure recently participated in a GMIT Instagram takeover. Click HERE to see Aisling share her experience of the course and of studying at the Mayo campus.

Programme Modules

The programme modules include: Research Dissertation, Experiential Education Faciliation, Experiental Education Expeditions, Adventure Therapy, Environmental Management and Sustainability, Coaching and Performance, Sociology , Social Psychology

There is an extensive range of electives to chose from. These include:

Youth Work, Creative Arts, Offenders and Ex-prisoners Recovery, Health Promotion, GIS, Human Rights and Social Care

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment as instructors, managers and field studies officers in outdoor education centres and other organisations offering adventure sports, adventure tourism and environmental education.

There are employment opportunities within educational organisations and youth services as facilitators, youth development officers and managers. Many youth and community organisations incorporate outdoor education as part of their developmental programmes. There are also opportunities in the area of rural development, countryside recreation and eco-tourism

Post-graduate Studies: 

GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry. To date some of the programmes that the graduates of the BA(Hons) in Outdoor Education have pursued include:

MSc in Coastal Zone Management

MSc in Sustainable Rural Development

MSc in Sustainable Architecture

MSc In environmental Protection and Conservation

MSc In Ecological Assessment

MA in Counselling

MA in Ethics

MA in Community and Youth Work

MA in Management for Community and Voluntary Services

MA in Development Studies

Graduate Diploma in Education

Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies

Post Graduate Diploma in Geography

Essential Information: 

Applicants should hold two National Governing Body (NGB) instructor qualifications in a land or water-based activity. In addition, they should have three months relevant work experience.


Studying Outdoor Education in GMIT Mayo Campus

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Tel: 094-9043281

E-mail: Kevin O'Callaghan


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