Outdoor Education Major - Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

A qualification in outdoor education gives you the skillset to work in the outdoor and adventure industry, teaching and leading others.

AUT outdoor education graduates work in many fields. They teach in schools, work in outdoor pursuit centres, operate adventure tourism ventures and often progress into management.

Encounter New Zealand’s 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 world’s most exciting places including Antarctica, Nepal, North and South America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the Alps of France, Austria and Switzerland.

The Bachelor of Sport and Recreation information published here relates to 2022. The 2023 offerings are still to be confirmed and will be added as soon as available.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.

Year 1

Semester 1 courses

Semester 2 courses

You also need to complete one of these courses

Year 2

Plus one optional/elective course.

This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours, designed to introduce you to the workplace and help you identify where you want to complete your third-year workplace experience.

Year 3

Courses you study this year

Workplace experience

In your third year you complete 350 to 400 hours in an organisation, which includes working on a project related to your major through the Cooperative Education courses. This takes approximately two days per week.

Recent placements included:

  • Bigfoot Adventures
  • Camp Adair
  • Dilworth School Rural Campus
  • Howick College
  • Kahunui Campus, St Cuthbert’s College
  • Mt Albert Grammar School
  • Sir Peter Blake Marine Education Recreation Centre (MERC)
  • St Cuthbert’s College

The Bachelor of Sport and Recreation information published here relates to 2022. The 2023 offerings are still to be confirmed and will be added as soon as available.

  • Adventure consultant or educator
  • Corporate development trainer
  • Commercial guide
  • Instructing outdoor pursuits – white water kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling and bush survival
  • Outdoor education instructor or teacher*
  • Youth worker

*After completing the one-year Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

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Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Outdoor Education Careers

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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