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    Recreation and Leisure Services


Program Code:RLSC
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Recreation and Leisure Services encompasses the delivery of recreation activities and programs designed to provide leisure experiences which are truly satisfying and rewarding for the participants. As a student in RLSC at Seneca, you’ll benefit from:

  • opportunities for certification (e.g., First Aid/CPR, High Five, PRO Art of Facilitation and assorted workshops)
  • involvement in hands–on community initiatives/partnerships with local Boards of Education, police and nonprofit organizations, municipalities and partnerships with other Seneca programs
  • Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) student membership
  • an experiential approach that incorporates the natural resources of King Campus (696 wooded acres)
  • a business approach to leisure services, with a focus on accountability in the public sector and the trend toward privatization and entrepreneurial strategies
  • an opportunity to apply your learning to recreation projects of interest to you, while simultaneously networking with community–based organizations.

King campus is located on a 696–acre nature reserve near Toronto and offers students a dynamic college experience in a uniquely beautiful setting. The campus is shared by students from a variety of other applied arts and health science programs and is home to an active campus community.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Prior to Co-op

  • A current Police Vulnerable Sector screening may be required:
    • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check.


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Your Career

Graduates of our Recreation and Leisure Services (RLSC) program find rewarding career opportunities in municipal recreation departments, commercial centres such as fitness clubs and health spas, private sports clubs, non–profit service agencies (such as boys’ and girls’ clubs and the Y), residential centres (condominiums and public housing), retirement residences, recreation centres owned by industries for the benefit of their employees, sport and outdoor camps, sport and recreation departments of community colleges, therapeutic recreation centres and correctional services. Graduates may also find positions in resorts, retail sales and marketing.

Co-operative Education

RLSC is a co–operative education program. The co–operative component optimizes the job–readiness of graduates by formally integrating academic study with one term of paid work experience. Students complete a 14 week co–operative work–term.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Seneca College• Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Religious Education (Degree Completion or Modular) or Bachelor of Arts (Biblical Studies and Theology)
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Brock University• 3-year (Pass) or 4-year (Honours), or 4-year with Major Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies degree
Lakehead University• Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation
University of Waterloo• Honours Bachelor of Arts – Recreation and Leisure Studies


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services
University of New Brunswick• Bachelor of Applied Management (General Business)
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• BBA – Marketing, Sport Management or BBA/MBA – Strategic Management


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Hartpury College• Bachelor of Science (Hons) Sports Studies Programme

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
REC102 Introduction to the Leisure Service Industry 4
REC110 Experiencing Recreation I 2
RLS140 Personal Growth and Group Dynamics 4
RLS216 Community Development and Empowerment 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory 1
REC202 Introduction to Recreation Facilities and Sites 4
REC206 Risk Management and the Law 4
REC210 Experiencing Recreation II 2
REC214 Coaching Theory and Skills 3
REC218 Tournaments and Event Management 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Co-op Work-Term Course Name
CWT100 Co-op Work-Term
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CFP200 Co-op Professional Practice II 2
REC310 Experiencing Recreation III 2
REC320 Marketing Leisure Services 3
REC340 Research in Leisure Services 4
RLS303 Business Management and the Leisure Service Industry 4
RLS306 Program Planning and Delivery 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
REC410 Experiencing Recreation IV 2
REC422 Human Resources Management 3
RLS405 Adaptive Recreation 3
RLS406 Advanced Program Planning and Delivery 4
RLS411 Fitness and Wellness 3
RLS415 Leadership and Supervision 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Introduction to the Leisure Service Industry
Experiencing Recreation I
Personal Growth and Group Dynamics
Community Development and Empowerment
Semester 2
Introduction to Recreation Facilities and Sites
Risk Management and the Law
Experiencing Recreation II
Recreation and Sports Coaching Theory and Skills
Co-op and Field Placement Preparation
Special Events and Management
General Education Option
Co-op Work-Term
Co-op Work-Term
Semester 3
Experiencing Recreation III
Marketing Leisure Services
Research in Leisure Services
Business Management & the Leisure Service Industry
Program Planning and Delivery
Co–op Professional Practice II
General Education Option
Semester 4
Experiencing Recreation IV
Human Resources Management
Adaptive Recreation
Advanced Program Planning and Delivery
Fitness and Wellness
Leadership and Supervision
General Education Option

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Alf Grigg
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55305
Program Chair: Mona Nouroozifar
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55010
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