• Overview - 2019/2020

    With the Recreation and Leisure Services program, you'll have the opportunity to take your love of people and activity to limitless career heights. Because you'll combine academic and field work over the two years of the program, you'll acquire the knowledge and skills to promote community development and involvement and to plan and implement special events and programs in a variety of recreation fields. For instance, past graduates have had the chance to learn through exciting field practicums at the YMCA, The City of London, The Western Fair District, The London Knights Hockey Club and London Children's Museum – to name a few!

    You'll also study writing for the human services, computer applications, psychology and leisure and how to be an effective leader. As well, you'll learn how to finance and market special events, and study the ins and outs of how parks and recreational facilities operate. Your skills will be as diverse and dynamic as the always evolving recreational sector. When you graduate, there'll be work for you in a wide range of places such as administration and programming in retirement facilities, non-profit organizations (e.g., YM/YWCA, Boy's & Girl's Clubs), hospitals, municipal departments, aquatic centres, private agencies (e.g., resorts), treatment centres and special event organizations.

    Jenny Rensby

    "In this economy, I needed solid skills, a post-secondary diploma and a career that would provide employment until I can retire. Working in geriatrics will be guaranteed employment. This is my goal, but there are endless possibilities with this diploma. I am inspired to find out what the world will offer me."

    Program coordinator

    Jeff Sadler
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4644

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate AND:
    - standing in the required course stated above
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Grade 12 Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership (M)
    • Grade 11 Health for Life (C)

    • Grade 12 Healthy Active Living Education (O)

    • Grade 12 Child Development and Gerontology (C)

    • Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    • Students should develop leadership experience in schools, church, community organizations and special activity interests appropriate to this field, e.g., volunteer work in municipal recreation departments, coaching, lifeguard, camp counsellor, school activities such as sports, dramatics, physical recreation, student council, etc.
    • Students should develop good writing and speaking skills
    • A knowledge of and interest in community development and helping others

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


    • Admission to the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Recreation and Leisure Services program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Recreation and Leisure Services program.  The Human Services Foundation program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Recreation and Leisure Services program.

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
  • Courses

    Recreation and Leisure Services-2019/2020

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    WRIT-1094Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies3
    This course will introduce Community Studies students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
    COMP-1108Computer Applications in Recreation2
    An introduction to computer fundamentals designed to increase computer literacy and expose students to a range of software packages currently in use in organizations to support information processing. The emphasis is on introducing students to various application software packages and their primary uses. Connections to the Recreation field are emphasized throughout. Software packages covered include: a graphical user interface (GUI), a word processor, electronic communication and a presentations package.
    RECN-1003Introduction to Leisure/Recreation2
    This course will explore and provide an overview of the various fields of recreation and leisure services.It will introduce students to the characteristic roles, structures and impact of various fields of recreation in an attempt to help the student understand the diversity that exists in the Recreation and Leisure Services Industry in Canada.This course is also designed to help students identify a field of their interest within the Recreation and Leisure Services Industry as they look ahead to their future placements and potential employment options.
    RECN-1004Program Planning3
    Successful completion of this course will provide the student with knowledge about and appreciation of selected principles and methods of program planning in the field of recreation. In addition, the student will learn skills and techniques applicable to the program planning process. Students will learn to apply a Program Planning Template in order to develop the required skills necessary to design, organize, administer and evaluate quality and meaningful recreation and leisure activities.
    RECN-1035Field Orientation 13
    The student will visit a variety of recreation and leisure service-related agencies, organizations, and facilities. These experiences are focused on developing knowledge and understanding regarding the scope of recreation and leisure services, and the role of professionals related to the delivery of these services in the community.
    RECN-1011Quality Programs in Recreation2
    Recreation programs can have powerful impacts on individuals, families and communities. To ensure a positive impact the recreation professional must be committed to quality. The course will begin with the Healthy Child Development certification process ('High 5 Training' - A Parks and Recreation Ontario 'PRO') initiative and then explore behaviour guidance strategies to ensure a positive environment during recreation activities. Students will develop leadership skills as they apply the guidelines in a program presentation to peers.
    PSYC-1014Psychology-Recreation & Leisure Services3
    This course is designed to help Recreation & Leisure students learn basic principles of psychology, major sub-fields and important research findings. Major topic areas include psychological research, biology and behaviour, sensation and perception, consciousness, developmental issues (emphasized), thinking and intelligence, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality theory and assessment, health and stress, psychological disorders / treatment and social psychology.
    RECN-1002Becoming an Effective Leader3
    Using experiential and academic methods this course will focus on the development of various leadership styles with a strong focus on personal development. Through examination of various leadership styles and theories, students will develop the ability to select and apply the most suitable style to meet the needs of a given situation. Students become aware of the impact of behaviour, personality, attitudes and values, as they apply to leadership in recreation settings. Students will develop leadership and communication skills through cooperative learning strategies.

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMP-1040Advanced Computers in Recreation/Leisure2
    An intermediate look at information processing with an emphasis on the use of application software.Students learn to use spreadsheet software as well as Web 2.0 tools to create charts, simple databases, and multimedia presentations. Connections to Recreation and Leisure are explored by using projects related to the field.
    COMM-3082Communications for Community Studies3
    This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of Community Studies, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the Community Studies workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
    PHRE-1002Organiz & Admin of Phy'l Rec Activities3
    This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of safe fitness activities and classes for all ages. The students will apply the fitness training principles to ensure healthy outcomes from fitness related activities. Basic nutrition and wellness will also be reviewed.
    RECN-1006Community Recreation2
    Since recreation occurs within communities it is essential that students learn what communities are and how they work. Students need to know how to assess the community they are working in and be comfortable in the facilitation role as a community developer. Since a big part of community development is the creation of partnerships, successful existing partnerships will be examined. This course builds on leadership skills by examining facilitation techniques - investigating strategies for assisting groups as they determine and service their own needs.
    RECN-1008Creating Effective Teams3
    Through experiential and academic methods, this course will assist the student in understanding and being part of effective teams. Emphasis will be on leading and trust, motivation theories, ethical power and politics, networking, team dynamics and leadership, problem-solving and decision making skills, the value of global diversity, organizational change and organizational culture through the perspective of professional 'teams'. The student will experience firsthand the evolution of a group, through hands-on group work and direct participation in a supportive team environment.
    RECN-1036Managing Risk in Recreation2
    Ensuring participants stay safe during their involvement in recreation will be addressed with a review of information and legal issues related to risk management in recreation. This course also examines the theories and strategies that can be applied when changing an unwanted behaviour or adapting a new one. Effective leaders need to motivate, influence and ensure safety.
    RECN-1037Field Orientation 23
    Using experiential and academic methods, this course focuses on examining the breadth and diversity of recreation and leisure service organizations with a view to preparing students for the Level 3 Field Placement. Students will develop research and presentation skills through the creation of a multimedia project on an agency or organization from one of the various sectors and sub-genres of the Recreation and Leisure Services field. In-class theory and lecture will focus on aspects of the placement experience including interview techniques, the development and recognition of soft skills, goal-setting and methods of increasing visibility and employability in the field.
    RECN-1039Orientation to Therapeutic Recreation3
    This course will explore the role of Therapeutic Recreation in the overall scope of leisure services. The student will address the principles and practices of service delivery within the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RECN-3017Special Events & Governance2
    Leaders in recreation need to know how to work in committee groups, as well as how to recruit, motivate and manage volunteers. During this course, student committee groups will explore the planning and execution of an event in the community, and fulfill the role of volunteers in a recreation setting. This course will prepare students to implement effective strategies for meaningful volunteer involvement and allow a clearer understanding of the relationship between a Board of Directors and staff.
    MGMT-1232Business Management in Recreation-Intro3
    This course teaches introductory business management theory and its application in the Recreation and Leisure industry. This includes curriculum related to the strategic planning process, human resources, social corporate responsibility, and technology in business.
    FLDP-3002Field Practicum 15.2
    The student will be exposed to an intensive hands on experience at a selected recreation agency in the community. The student will apply the theories and concepts discussed in class in a practical and meaningful way.
    FINA-3040Financial Operations in Recreation2
    This course is an introduction to financial operation concepts. Students will examine the various forms of business ownership; learn about the time value of money, how to create a budget and read basic financial statements. Students will be introduced to alternative sources of revenue including fundraising, sponsorships, partnership, and grant proposals.
    RECN-3015Therapeutic & Inclusive Rec Practices3
    This course will assist the student in developing an awareness of and a sensitivity to individual rights and cultural diversity. The class will focus on the adaptation of recreation programs and services that reflect the needs of the client. The students will develop a philosophy related to inclusive recreation practices within the field. The course will further address the trends and skills required for those focusing on a career in Therapeutic Recreation. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the ageing process, symptoms of various health conditions and the therapeutic role that meaningful recreation and leisure can play in the rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals into communities.
    RECN-3006Quality Assurance & Benefit Outcomes2
    When a recreation professional is committed to providing high quality recreation programs, the participants and community can receive powerful benefits. This course will examine methods aimed at measuring the quality of recreation programs and activities. Students will be trained in 'Quest' (A Parks and Recreation Ontario Certification) designed to provide professional quality assessment. Students will also learn how to establish and measure indicators of the benefits of recreation, and how to communicate the benefits of recreation to the general public in order to ensure that recreation can remain an essential service in any community.

    Level 4Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    RECN-3007Professional Issues2
    Using academic and discussion methods this course will focus on heightening the awareness of acceptable ethics and codes of conduct related to the role of the recreation and leisure professional. Through group discussion and extensive case studies, students will become familiar with the theory and application of solutions to ethical and moral dilemmas in the field of Recreation and Leisure. Students will become aware of the impact of their personal and professionally held values systems as they apply to ethics and ethical decision-making in recreation and leisure settings.
    MKTG-1067Marketing Strategies in Recreation2
    The shift toward a service based economy requires a corresponding shift in the way service providers operate and market recreation and leisure services. This course provides students with knowledge of basic marketing principles and focuses on services marketing and its application to the promotion of the goals and benefits of recreation and leisure. Students will develop an understanding of service management thinking and explore social marketing concepts that relate to customer satisfaction, changing trends and behaviours in service marketing, social development, service branding, technology-based advertising, and internet marketing.
    RECN-3010Field Practicum 25.6
    The student will be exposed to an intensive hands on experience at a selected recreation agency in the community. The student will apply the theories and concepts discussed in class in a practical and meaningful way.
    RSCH-1001Research in Recreation2
    This course will provide an opportunity for students to establish their understanding of research through a critical exploration of a subfield of recreation and leisure services. Utilizing research methods, consultation and professional association certification opportunities, the student will create a peer reviewed presentation relevant to their chosen field or area of interest.
    RECN-3012Career Planning in Leisure Services2
    Finding the best job in the recreation field is the goal of most graduates of the Recreation and Leisure Services program. This course will prepare students for the demanding job-search process as they apply current and practical job-search strategies. Students will develop an ePortfolio and contacts list pulled from their primary and secondary networks. This course will assist students in making sound programming and job-search decisions by understanding the current demographic, social, and economic trends impacting the field of Recreation and Leisure.
    RECN-3014Parks & Recreation Facility Operations3
    This course is designed to increase awareness of the requirements associated with the operation of public recreation facilities. The course covers such topics as Community Arenas, Public Swimming Pools, and Children's Commercial Play Equipment. It will also explore our Provincial and National Parks system and specifically the park management strategies utilized to meet recreational demands in an environmentally sustainable manner. This course will also examine some Risk Management issues associated with recreation facilities and practical steps to take as an operator in creating a Facility Safety Plan for any recreation facility.

    Gen Ed - Elective
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 2

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 20 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    The field is varied. Opportunities for employment can be found in the areas of administration and programming in such settings as retirement facilities, non-profit organizations (e.g., YM/YWCA, Boy's & Girl's Clubs), hospitals, municipal departments, aquatic centres, private agencies (e.g., resorts), treatment centres and special event organizations.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: RLD2
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates


    School of Community Studies: 519-452-4224

    Program Description

    The Recreation and Leisure Services program is committed to developing the leadership skills of each of its students to support the achievement of recreation and leisure outcomes for individuals, groups and communities. Through concentrated academic and field work over the two years, students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies to promote community development and involvement and to plan and implement special events and programs in a variety of recreation fields. This is practised in settings which emphasize planning, implementation and evaluation that can respond to the multi-dimensional needs of all members of the community. The students will be able to develop benefits based programming that addresses recreation as an essential service; one that can effectively respond to a variety of individual or community needs.

    Program Offered:  Full-time, part-time day

    Other Information

    • The Recreation and Leisure Services program is also offered on a part-time basis. Questions may be directed to the Program Co-ordinator.
    • Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College, may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. create, plan, implement, and evaluate recreation and leisure programs and special events which respond to identified needs and maximize the delivery of the benefits of recreation.

    2. apply the principles of marketing to the promotion of the benefits of recreation and leisure programs, special events, services, and facilities.

    3. generate revenue for recreation and leisure programs, special events, services, and facilities by applying sound business principles.

    4. contribute to strategies for effectively managing the performance and development of staff and volunteers in recreation and leisure settings.

    5. apply administration skills to recreation and leisure settings.

    6. contribute to the safe and effective management of recreation venues.

    7. design and implement appropriate research and planning strategies.

    8. educate others regarding the value and benefits of recreation, leisure, and lifestyle enhancement.

    9. apply community development strategies for advocating and facilitating the personal, social, economic, and environmental benefits of recreation.

    10. apply principles of lifespan growth and development to individuals and groups in recreation and leisure settings.

    11. apply the concept of inclusion to the design and delivery of recreation and leisure programs, special events, services, and facilities.

    12. develop plans for ongoing personal and professional growth and development.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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