11 Outdoor Education 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Darren Whitehead


40 Academic Graduation points in Year 10 Outdoor Education (10OE1) and paid 10OE1 course costs in full.

Students apply to the HOD for admission. The HOD’s decision will depend on the student’s attitude during lessons, having demonstrated a willingness to learn and extend themselves in Year 10 Outdoor Education (10OE1) and Year 10 Physical Education (10PE1).

Please note: there are limited places available in this course and therefore a students performance in Year 10 may be required to determine final selection.

Course Content

Students attend four classes per week, a mixture of classroom and practical settings 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.

NOTE - there is a supplementary cost of $330 for this course

Units of work

  • Getting Stuck In - students develop an understanding of factors that influence their own participation in outdoor pursuits (Surfing, Whitewater Kayaking, Tramping, Mt Biking, Mud Running, Climbing)
  • Self-Management - students develop self-management strategies and describe the effects these have on participation in outdoor pursuits (Surfing and Whitewater Kayaking)
  • Play It Safe - students develop an understanding for the need of responsible behaviour when participating in outdoor pursuits (Whitewater Kayaking and Tramping)
  • Mahi Tahi - students develop effective interpersonal skills in order to be able to work in a group and realise how these interpersonal skills impact on others (Adventure Based Learning activities, Tramping and Camping).
  • Discovery 101 - students learn the science of physical activity and relate this knowledge to outdoor pursuits. Topics include Exercise Physiology (Mud Running), Anatomy and Biomechanics (Mt Biking).
  • Quality Performance - students develop their performance to a high level in two outdoor pursuits (Mud Running and Climbing).


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.


Outdoor Education


12 Outdoor Education 3, 12 Performance Physical Ed. 1

Career Pathways

Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Sports Coach/Official, Professional Sportsperson, Hunter/Trapper, Recreation Co-ordinator, Tour Guide

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*11OE1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $330

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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