AUT - Outdoor education major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

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Outdoor education major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Outdoor education is an exciting and extremely rewarding industry in New Zealand. With this major, you will learn and experience rock climbing, sea kayaking, white water kayaking, tramping, sailing, bush craft and high ropes.
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation: degree outline


The clean, green outdoor environment of Aotearoa – New Zealand is the perfect location to experience the outdoors, and is home to a bustling tourism and adventure industry. A qualification in outdoor education provides you the skill set to work in this environment, teaching and leading others. Graduates skilled in outdoor education work in many fields. They teach in schools, work in outdoor pursuit centres, operate adventure tourism ventures and – given the right experience – progress into management.

Through this degree, you encounter New Zealand’s varied and unique environment and learn from some of the country’s most experienced staff in outdoor education. These staff have worked and adventured in some of the worlds most exciting places including Antarctica, Nepal, the Alps of France, Austria and Switzerland and Yosemite. They are all deeply passionate about the outdoors. The major is not a standalone teaching qualification. To become a registered secondary school teacher, you need to complete this degree and then continue into AUT’s 1-year Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (subject to meeting entry and selection criteria).


Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic calendar.

Year 1

You will study core or compulsory papers from across the degree.

Core papers
515009 Nutrition, Activity and Health
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
515206 Managing Sport and Recreation
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
515568 Land Based Pursuits
515569 Water Based Pursuits
516557 Sport and Recreation in Society
516554 Outdoor Leadership

Years 2 and 3

You take papers from your major area(s) of study and undertake your industry work placements (co-operative education).

Year 2 papers

516001 Industry Experience and Research
516023 Legal Issues for Sport and Recreation
516546 Teaching and Leadership in the Outdoors
516550 Group Development and Facilitation in the Outdoors
516551 Advanced Pursuit Practice
516552 Ngahere/Burshcraft

and 2 optional BSR papers

Year 3 papers
517001 Sport and Recreation Co-operative I (in an outdoor education area)
517002 Sport and Recreation Co-operative II (in an outdoor education area)
517041 Ourdoor Education Theory and Practice
517042 Outdoor Philosophy

and 2 optional BSR papers

Optional Papers

You may wish to select paper 516011 School and Community Sport, some exercise science papers, and/or nutrition papers to complement this major.

Career opportunities

  • Adventure consultancy
  • Adventure educator
  • Adventure tourism
  • Corporate development trainer
  • Commercial guide
  • Environmental interpretation
  • Industrial rope access
  • Instructing outdoor pursuits – white water kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling and bush survival
  • Outdoor education instructor
  • Outdoor education teacher *
  • Recreation management
  • Safety auditor
  • Youth worker
* Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (1 additional year of full time study, subject to meeting entry and selection criteria).

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Last updated: 08 Oct 2012 12:01pm

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