Take your love of people and event management to limitless career heights - 2021/2022
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!
What you learn in our recreation and event management courses
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.
Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
Admission RequirementsOSSD 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 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:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- 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.
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
Recreation and Leisure Services-2021/2022
|WRIT-1094||Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies||3|
|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-1546||Computer Applications in Recreation||3|
|An introduction to computer fundamentals designed to increase digital literacy and expose students to a range of software packages currently in use in organizations to support information processing. Software packages covered include: word processing, spreadsheet and presentations package 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.|
|This course is intended to provide students with a greater understanding of what the Recreation and Leisure Services Industry consists of. It will introduce students to the characteristic roles, structures, funding and operation of a number of different recreation fields (ex. Municipal, Therapeutic and Outdoor Recreation) in an attempt to help students understand the diversity that exists in the Recreation and Leisure Services Industry in Canada. In addition to learning about the many benefits associated with recreation services, students will explore the history of organized recreation in Canada and the 3 service sectors (Public, Commercial and Not for Profit) with respect to their roles in providing programs and services aimed at creating healthy communities. This course is also designed to help students identify a field of recreation that aligns with their values, interests and skills as they look ahead to future placements and potential employment.|
|RECN-1035||Field Orientation 1||3|
|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-1059||Org & Admin of Quality Physical Rec||3|
|This course will begin with the Healthy Child Development certification process ('High 5 Training', Parks and Recreation Ontario 'PRO') to help develop quality leadership of positive, inclusive recreation activities. Students will develop leadership skills as they apply the guidelines in a program presentation to peers. This course also introduces students 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 explored.|
|PSYC-1014||Psychology-Recreation & Leisure Services||3|
|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-1002||Becoming an Effective Leader||3|
|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.|
|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.|
|COMM-3082||Communications for Community Studies||3|
|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.|
|RECN-1008||Creating Effective Teams||3|
|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-1037||Field Orientation 2||3|
|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-1039||Orientation to Therapeutic Recreation||3|
|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.|
|MGMT-1232||Business Management in Recreation-Intro||3|
|This course teaches introductory business management theory and its application in the Recreation and Leisure industry. This includes curriculum related to the marketing, human resources, social corporate responsibility, and technology in business.|
|PLAN-3011||Special Event Mgmt & Board Governance||3|
|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.|
|FLDP-3002||Field Practicum 1||5.2|
|Due to Covid 19 restrictions, this term's placement has been replaced with a PLAR-based model (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) project designed to help students to professionally identify, articulate and document (via an E-Portfolio) their competencies (as provided in the FLDP-3002 Placement Manual). This course will also provide an option to enable a student to become more familiar with field-related occupations in a particular recreation and/or leisure-related agency, organization or business that supports or delivers Recreation and Leisure Services for which they may aspire to take a placement or seek employment in the future.|
|FINA-3049||Business Finance in Recreation||3|
|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-3024||Outdoor Rec & Experiential Education||3|
|An exploration of the historical and philosophical concepts governing experiential education and people's recreational use of natural outdoor settings. Students will develop a conceptual foundation of the relevant issues, trends, and approaches that inform the delivery of outdoor recreational and educational activities in Canada. Emphasis will be placed on the unique psychological and social benefits of outdoor recreation, managing risk, and the stewardship of outdoor educational environments.|
|RECN-3015||Therapeutic & Inclusive Rec Practices||3|
|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-3022||Community Rec, Benefits & Outcomes||3|
|When a recreation professional is committed to providing high quality recreation programming, the participants and community s/he serves can receive powerful benefits. Since recreation occurs within a variety of communities, it is essential that students be able to identify which approach to use with the particular community they are serving. Students must also understand the unique role of a community developer. Since a big part of community development is the creation of partnerships, successful partnerships will be explored. This course will examine methods aimed at measuring the quality of recreation programs and activities. Students will also learn how to communicate the benefits of recreation to the general public, in order to ensure that recreation remains an essential service in any community.|
|RECN-3023||Ethics & Professional Issues in Rec||2|
|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.|
|RECN-3010||Field Practicum 2||5.6|
|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-1006||Research in Recreation||3|
|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-3012||Career Planning in Leisure Services||2|
|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-3014||Parks & Recreation Facility Operations||3|
|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.|
Careers - 2021/2022
Career OpportunitiesThe 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 - 2021/2022
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Community Studies: 519-452-4224
Program DescriptionThe 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
- 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.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Develop, implement and evaluate inclusive recreation, leisure and wellness programs and events for individuals, groups and communities which respond to assessed needs, interests, abilities and that use available resources and incorporate best practices;
- Apply administrative and customer service skills to support the delivery of recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services;
- Analyze, develop and implement marketing strategies to reach diverse individuals, groups and communities for programs, events, services and facilities using current communication technologies;
Contribute to the development of fiscally sustainable and responsible recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services using current and relevant principles and practices of business, finance and social entrepreneurship;
Supervise, lead and support the development of staff and volunteers involved with recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services;
Apply safety and accessibility practices to the efficient operation and administration of recreation and leisure facilities and settings;
Promote the benefits and values of recreation, leisure and healthy active living and recommend inclusive programs, events and services to individuals and groups;
Apply community development strategies which engage citizens and community partners while advocating for healthy communities;
Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development as a recreation and leisure services professional.
Program PathwaysFor information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
2021/2022 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2021/22 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2021, Jan. 2022 and May 2022 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.
Full Time Offerings
- Fanshawe's Community Employment Services has received federal funding to provide the Career Launcher program in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Aylmer, Ontario.
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Fanshawe College has made the difficult decision to defer all fall 2020 convocation ceremonies.