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.
You will study core or compulsory papers from across the degree.
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
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
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
You may wish to select paper 516011 School and Community Sport, some exercise science papers, and/or nutrition papers to complement this major.
Postgraduate pathways - Sport and Exercise