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Diploma of Recreation and Leisure Services (RLS)
Diploma of Recreation and Leisure Services (RLS)

Diploma of Recreation and Leisure Services (RLS)

  • ID:SC010133
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant

  • English: Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent course

English Requirements

  • CAEL CE and CAEL online, Minimum 60

  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First/FCE, C1 Advanced/CAE or C2 Proficiency/CPE), Minimum 169 with no skill below 162

  • Duolingo, Minimum score 105 to 110

  • IELTS Academic, Minimum 6.0 with no skill below 5.5

  • PTE Academic, Minimum score 58

  • TOEFL iBT (including MyBest TOEFL and Home Edition), Minimum 80 with no skill below 20

  • TOEFL Revised Paper Delivered, No skill below 20

Course Information

This two-year diploma program prepares you to deliver exciting recreational activities that help local communities, public and private organizations, and groups such as older adults, youth, and persons with disabilities. With exposure to key professional practices, such as physical literacy, leadership and management, business skills, facilities management, community development and program development, you will be well prepared to develop programs and activities for municipalities, not-for-profit groups, and private organizations. Graduates from this program are eligible for transfer credits into the Bachelors of Therapeutic Recreation degree. This program offers significant credit transfers that allow you to earn this four-year degree within three years.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Business strategies for public, private and entrepreneurial sectors

  • Community initiative and non-profit involvement

  • Outreach and engagement strategies

  • Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) student membership

  • Physical Literacy and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)

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Semester 1

  • COM101 or COM111, Communicating Across Contexts or Communicating Across Contexts (Enriched)

  • FHP114, Physical Literacy: Concepts and Practices

  • PSY100, Introduction to Psychology

  • REC102, Introduction to the Leisure Service Industry

  • RLS140, Personal Growth and Group Dynamics

  • RLS216, Community Development and Empowerment

Semester 2

  • FHP314, Applied Physical Literacy

  • REC206, Risk Management and the Law

  • REC235, Active Living and Access

  • RLS303, Business Management and the Leisure Service Industry

  • RLS405, Adaptive Recreation

  • plus: General Education Course

Semester 3

  • REC202, Introduction to Recreation Facilities and Sites

  • REC315, Leadership and Supervision

  • REC335, Outdoor Recreation and Leisure

  • RLS325, Placement Preparation

  • plus: General Education Course

Semester 4

  • RCT400, Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation

  • REC406, Applied Program Management

  • RLS411, Fitness and Wellness

  • RLS425, Placement Internship

  • plus: General Education Course

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • Recreation centres, fitness clubs or health spas

  • Non-profit service agencies

  • Residential centres

  • Retirement residences

  • Community colleges

  • Therapeutic recreation centres

  • Correctional services

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health Insurance $807.49CAD

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