Bachelor of Arts in OUTDOOR LEARNING

NFQ Level:  7
Credits: 180
Award Type: Degree
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: 25th May 2020
Modules: View Modules

Course Description

The BA in Outdoor Learning course is specifically designed to meet the needs of those who are actively employed in the delivery of programmes using the outdoors. This includes outdoor education (OE), environmental education, learning outside the classroom, outdoor based youth work and much more. This programme will enable graduates to consolidate their professional practice with a nationally and internationally recognised degree. The degree will merge aspects of education theory and cutting edge outdoor learning practice.

This blended learning programme uses 4 key teaching and learning strategies to support part-time learners who are working in an outdoor learning related sector.



BROCHURE: BA in Outdoor Learning Brochure

Bachelor of Arts in OUTDOOR LEARNING

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the BA in Outdoor Learning course must meet the following minimum entry requirements:

60 credits at Level 6 in any one of the following areas: (See Below)
Have completed a recognition of prior learning (RPL) process with the college RPL co-ordinator to the value of 60 credits by holding the APIOL award from the Institute for Outdoor Learning in the UK. (See Below)


The programme will be delivered in a manner that suits adult learners who may be based throughout the country and who will have to combine their studies with full time work. It will include intensive blocks of learning time at IT, Tralee spread over approximately 10-12 days each semester.

Work-Based Learning
As a programme designed to build the learners’ knowledge-of practice and knowledge-for practice, this course of study will involve a substantial amount of work based learning.

Teaching and Assessment
This programme is designed to build a knowledge in practice of work in outdoor learning. As such, we use a constructivist approach which fosters critical thinking and reflection. This approach will extend to assessment where an ‘assessment for learning’ approach will be adopted.

Use of Education Technology
All modules of the course will include online content including online lectures and ‘live’ online tutorials and webinars. This will allow the learners to access material at times which suit them, and as often as they like, during the course of study. The use of online tutorials will allow the learners to get timely feedback from the lecturing staff on work based learning activities and will create a space where these adult learners can collaborate and support each other in their learning.


€2,500 per academic year.

Progression Opportunities

Graduates of the B.A. in Outdoor Learning have gone on to complete a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including outdoor education and further and adult education. Please contact us for more information.

Entry Requirements Criteria

  • 60 credits at Level 6 in any one of the following areas: Outdoor Education, Adult Education, Community Education, Health and Leisure, Youth and Community Studies, Social Care, Sport and Recreation;
    Have completed a recognition of prior learning (RPL) process with the college RPL co-ordinator to the value of 60 credits as identified in the European Qualifications Framework for Outdoor Animators (EQFOA/CLO2);
  • Provide evidence of cumulated experience of working in the sector for the equivalent of no less than 24 months on a full time basis;
  • Applicants must complete a Garda vetting process through IT, Tralee;
  • Be employed or engaged on a fulltime basis in an appropriate organisation to facilitate the work based requirements of the programme (subject to approval for suitability by the course co-ordinators);
  • Sufficient conversational and written English language skills - an IELTS requirement of 6.5.

Recognition of prior learning (Rpl) for entry onto the Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor learning

Entry to this programme will require the learner to have completed a minimum of 60 Credits at Level 6 in a related area or to have completed an RPL process to the value of 60 credits as identified in the learning outcomes framework (CLO2) of the European Qualifications Framework for Outdoor Animators (EQFOA).

This 60 credits at level 6 effectively forms a ‘year one’ for the programme and a foundation for the following two years of study.The use of RPL for entry on to this programme is classed as Recognition of Prior Learning for the Purpose of Advanced-Entry Admission to Academic Programmes in accordance with the RPL policy of the Institute of Technology, Tralee. A RPL co-ordinator has been appointed by the college to facilitate the process for prospective learners on this course.

Applying for RPL

Applicants for recognition of prior learning must discuss the application with the RPL coordinator before beginning the application process. This discussion will set out the basis for assessment. For example, formally certified learning from a bona fide higher educational institution; experiential learning; substantial learning from the workplace or life experience or a combination of several types of learning.

The applicant’s case for recognition of his/her prior learning must be presented as a learning portfolio. The applicant maps experience and prior learning against the module/programme learning outcomes. This portfolio of experience and learning must include reference letters, documentation, certification, etc. in support of achievement of the learning outcomes. A minimum of 50% of the learning outcomes in each module must be fully satisfied for exemption/recognition of prior learning to apply.

To assist in this process, IT Tralee has developed a template to guide the applicant through the process, Download a RPL sample form.

Download Application Form: RPL Application Form

Interested in just one or two modules?

No problem!
For those practitioners who work in Outdoor/Environmental Education, youth work, primary/post-primary teaching or social care; why not up-skill by taking a single module on a part-time basis. You can choose to study the Practice of Teaching and Learning Outdoors; Adventure Thera-py; Adapted Adventure Education or any of the modules on the pro-gramme. Underpin your practice with an accredited module or expand your practice to embrace a new area of work.


Lucy Fitzell, Admissions Officer
tel: +353 (0)66 7145638

Lifelong Learning Department

Email: email
Phone: 066 7191701