10 Outdoor Education (Table B) 2 lessons per week for the whole year

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Darren Whitehead


Satisfactory completion of Year 9 Health and Physical Education with an interest in outdoor pursuits.

OR HoD approval

*Please note: there are limited places available in this course and therefore a students performance in Year 9, a ballot system and half payment of the course costs may be required to determine final selection.*

Course Content

Students attend two classes per week, one in a classroom and the other in a practical setting that may include the pool, climbing wall or fields. During the course of the year there will be offsite trips that will supplement school-based learning.

Please note: there are limited places available in this course and therefore a students performance in Year 9, a ballot system and half payment of the course costs may be required to determine final selection.

Units of work

  • Respect through Surfing - students practice demonstrating a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements.
  • Positivity through Whitewater Kayaking - students practice being positive or optimistic in attitude.
  • Perseverance through Mountain Biking - students practice pursuing goals or passions over time, and sticking with it when they encounter obstacles or setbacks.
  • Communication through Rock Climbing - students practice imparting or exchanging information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.
  • Self-Management through Tramping and Camping - students practice prioritising goals, deciding what must be done, and being accountable to complete the necessary actions.


Each unit will be assessed through a combination of how well a student demonstrates the personal characteristic, practical tests and theory tests. 


A side effect of the rise of technology is that it’s made skills like communication, leadership, and cultural intelligence more important than ever. Recently, employers have started valuing these things more and the degree is no longer king. Soft skills and emotional intelligence, is not something a machine can replicate.

Students who complete Outdoor Education to Level 3 will develop their key attributes to a high level. This is often what makes them more employable, as the subject has a strong emphasis on attitude, aptitude, ambition, aspiration and attendance.

Year 13 Outdoor Education is university approved, and may lead to tertiary study for those wishing to make a career in areas linked with the outdoors. Possible jobs include Outdoor Instructor or Guide, Teacher, Challenge Course Facilitator, Environmental Educator, Event Co-ordinator, jobs in conservation, in the tourism sector (including business and marketing), and in outdoor equipment retail.


Year 10 (Table B) full-year options - 2 lessons per week for the whole year, Outdoor Education


11 Outdoor Education 1

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*10OE1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $200

Pathway Tags

Adventure Consultancy, Adventure Guiding, Adventure Educator, Adventure Tourism, Ambulance Officer, Armed Forces, Challenge Course Facilitator, Corporate Development Trainer, Commercial Guide, Community Health and Recreational Programming, Ecotourism Guiding, Education, Environmental Educator, Environmental Health Officer, Environmental Interpretation, Event Co-ordinator, Fitness Industry, Hospitality, Instruction in Outdoor Pursuits, Jobs in Conservation, Law, Midwife, Outdoor Education Teacher, Outdoor Equipment Retail, Personal Trainer, Police, Politics, Psychologist, Recreation Management, Safety Auditor, Social Sciences, Sports Coaching, Teaching, Tertiary Lecturer, Tourism, Youth Worker, Youth Development Programmer

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