Outdoor Education major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation
Student Profile – Jonny Moncur
Building a career around a passion for the outdoors has delivered the elusive work-life balance for Jonny Moncur who now works as operations manager for mobile outdoor education company Bigfoot Adventures. Read more of Jonny's story.
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. AUT staff have worked and adventured in some of the worlds most exciting places including Antarctica, Nepal, North and South America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the Alps of France, Austria and Switzerland. 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.
Semester 1 compulsory 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
Outdoor Education papers
516550 Group Development and Facilitation in the Outdoors
516551 Advanced Pursuit Practice
516546 Teaching and Leadership in the Outdoors
You also undertake two industry placements of 30 hours each.
Plus two optional papers.
Year 3 papers
You complete two outdoor education papers:
517041 Outdoor Education Theory and Practice
517042 Outdoor Philosophy
Plus two optional papers.
You also undertake a major cooperative education placement which takes approximately two days per week throughout your final year of study, with some examples of placements, such as Camp Adair, Bigfoot Adventures, Dilworth School Rural Campus, St Cuthbert’s College, Kahunui Campus and Marine Education Recreation Centre (MERC).
- 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
Other majors in Bachelor of Sport and Recreation
- Health and Physical Education
- Physical Activity and Nutrition
- Sport and Exercise Science
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Last updated: 04-Dec-2015 10.39am
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.