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.


This is part of the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

Semester 2 papers

You also need to complete one of these papers

Year 2

Plus one optional/elective paper.

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

Papers 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 papers. 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
  • 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

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

Outdoor Education Careers

Key features
  • Workplace experience in outdoor education camps, adventure tourism centres or schools
  • Passionate staff with first-hand experience in outdoor education and adventure
See yourself as
  • An outdoors person
  • Having a high level of fitness
  • Having a sense of adventure
  • Organised and a good planner
Dave Williams
Andrea Wech
Jake Candy

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