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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Distance Learning Course - Recreation Studies

Do you want to work in the sport and recreation industry..? Well your career starts here! You can become a recreation leader or a recreational child and youth worker .  

Every day you work as as a recreation leader, you will be involved in the planning and running of a variety activities with people from all ages and backgrounds...

The course provides a solid grounding in skills needed to for leadership or management in leisure centres, community recreation, or related fields.

This course has now been revised by 2 of our course writers who have extensive experience in the industry! It is made up of 30 lessons plus practical assignments. It covers the nature and scope of recreation, leadership principles and practices, fitness and fitness testing, managing recreation facilities, first aid, staff supervision and management, marketing, budgeting, tourism, youth leadership, sports, environmental activities, organising exhibitions and more.

"It is a challenging and thorough course - really designed to develop skills, not just give theory. I worked with children and young people in the UK and Australia in a variety of settings and some of the practical skills outlined here would have benefited me and my colleagues ... if we'd only known! You get more out of this course than you could ever get from reading a book, plus you get the Certificate at the end to formalise what you have learned! Although we have operated this course for many years, and many graduates have successfully found work in this industry, now that we have revised it and added some more content, it can only be more valuable to those who study! I highly recommend this course". J.Pollock, Former Youth Worker (UK and Australia).

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Home Study Course - Certificate in Recreation

  • Do you want to work with people in the community?
  • Do you want to know how to plan recreation programs for adults?
  • Do you want the skills to make an effective play program for children?
  • Do you want an active job?
  • Do you want to get involved in sports, fitness and recreation?
  • Do you want to develop leadership skills?  

 "This is an excellent course with many dimensions. It's really ideal for people who want to work in the varied recreation industry - this course covers the foundation knowledge needed to give you confidence and a real depth of knowledge! You will learn how to communicate and plan activities for all different groups of people. Really valuable course with some fantastic activities to give you inspiration!" J.Pollock, Former Youth Leader in Vacation Care Programs in the UK and Australia. 

This course involves 30 lessons plus practical assignments covering the nature and scope of leisure studies, recreation, leadership principles and practices, fitness and fitness testing, managing recreation facilities, first aid, staff supervision and management, marketing, budgeting, tourism, youth leadership, sports, crafts, environmental activities, organising exhibitions and more.

Duration: 600 hours

Course Structure

There are 30 Lessons:

1. Introduction to Recreation   

2. The Nature and Scope of Recreation

3. History of Recreation           

4. Planning Recreation Programs

5. Leadership

6. Introduction to Fitness

7. Fitness Testing 

8. Developing an Exercise Program

9. Herb Crafts 

10. Planning for Recreation Facilities

11. Parks and Playgrounds 

12. Play leadership

13. Recreation for Special Populations 

14. Sports in Recreation

15. Introduction to Gardening   

16. Gardening in Recreation

17. Tourism            

18. Understanding People

19. Communication skills  - writing  

20. Communication Skills - speaking

21. Photography and Recreation  

22. Environmental Studies

23. Environmental Activities  

24. Youth Leadership

25. First Aid         

26. Office Management

27. Staff Supervision      

28. Organising an Event

29. Marketing       

30. Budgeting


Develop an understanding of the meaning of recreation.
Define what falls within the nature and scope of recreation in the recreation industry.
Examine some historical changes in the nature and availability of recreational activities.
Identify all factors which should be considered when planning a recreation program.
Identify opportunities and requirements for leadership in the field of recreation.
Identify and discuss key elements of fitness and their relationship to leisure and recreation.
Discuss uses of fitness testing and identify methods that can be used.
Identify factors to be considered when developing an exercise program that is recreational in nature, and relevant to different needs.
Identify and plan ways to use herbs in recreational activities.
Identify key requirements of recreation facilities, and how to incorporate them into planning.
Identify key functions and kinds of parks and playgrounds.
Identify requirements and skills in particular to planning and managing children’s recreation.
Understand some needs of special populations to be considered when planning and managing recreation.
Understand the recreational aspect of sports and how to develop it in recreational programs.
Learn some basic gardening principles, and consider how they might be relevant to a recreational program. 

Describe gardening activities as recreational pursuits.
Explain tourism activities as recreational pursuits.
Discuss the significance of people skills to recreation industry operations.
Communicate effectively with people through writing, as a recreation industry employee.
Communicate effectively with people through speaking, as a recreation industry employee.
Explain the use of photographic activities as a recreation pursuit.
Relate environmental issues to recreation.
Explain the use of environmental activities as a recreation pursuit.
Determine recreation needs of the youth demographic.
Determine the provision of first aid in recreation settings.
Discuss management of a recreation service office.
Explain the supervision of staff in a recreation setting.
Plan the organisation of an event.
Prepare a budget for a recreation programme, service or event.


Go on, start today and take the first step to a career out of the ordinary! You could progress into leisure facility management, run tourist trips and adventure tours, become a co-ordinator of child care programs responsible for planning and development, work in a care setting for the elderly or disadvantaged youth ... the opportunities are endless..!



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