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Outdoor Leadership

The Outdoor Leadership programme has been designed specifically to facilitate learners seeking a pathway to employment in the outdoor and adventure tourism industry. Successful candidates will graduate with multiple qualifications from QQI, National Governing Bodies (NGB) for Sport and Coaching Ireland. 

Level 6 Outdoor leadership is a continuation programme from the Outdoor Adventure Education QQI level 5.

Alternative route of access include:

  • Completion of a SOLAS course in Outdoor activity Instruction at QQI level 5.
  • Industry experience equivalent to the course outcome of Outdoor Adventure Education QQI level 5.


Course Code:6M5148
Entry requirements:1. For entry to Level 6, a full QQI Level 5 in a complementary area is required or completion of
NGB intermediate awards in sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and river kayaking
2. All applicants will be required to attend an interview
3. An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the minimum
entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview
Course Duration:1 year
Commencement Date:September 2024
Course Co-Ordinator: Mr. Jeff Cochrane
Contact information:kinsalecampus@corketb.ie
Outdoor Leadership Kinsale Campus

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Career Opportunities

Our Career Network

Our graduates are highly sought-after by a wide range of workplaces. Course Director Jeff Cochrane is regularly contacted by industry professionals who are interested in employing Outdoor Leadership graduates.

Past employers include: Outdoor Education Centres, Adventure Centres, Activity & Adventure tourism, Climbing walls and Gyms, Outdoor Retail Outlets, Yacht & Sailing Clubs, Kayaking Tour providers, Youth Training & Development Organizations.


Education Progression Opportunities


Students may decide to continue studies in,
• L7/8 Health and Recreation and Leisure Management • L7/8 Bachelor of Arts Honours in Outdoor Education in GMIT – GA 885
• L7 Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Learning – Tralee IT

Possibilities in Education, Social Care, Emergency Services, Wildlife Biology, Retail and Manufacturing.


Work Placement/Experience

Work Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a suitable area. The college will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.


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Student Experiences

“As a mature student and coming from an office based working life, I was looking for a new career and education that was close to my heart and actually meant something to me. With our experienced and inspiring teachers and instructors, I discovered a place where learning was fun, experiential and exciting at the same time. The 2 years gave me all the connections and qualification that I needed to work in the industry. Furthermore, this course was the first step into a world of people that are down to earth, enthusiastic, passionate and connected with life, nature and and their surroundings. Building on this great experiences, I continued my studies in an Outdoor Learning Degree in Tralee.” (Level 7)
Sebastian Tretter, Past OE Student, 2014 - 2016
“My time on the Kinsale Outdoor Education Instructor Training Course was a great learning experience, brilliant fun and I finished with qualifications which were essential to furthering my career in the outdoor adventure industry. Thanks to the skills and experience I gained, I quickly got a fulltime job setting up and running a SOLAS (formerly FAS) course in Outdoor Recreation. The Kinsale course is run by enthusiastic, experienced instructors and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of a career in this area.”
Ruth Herman