Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

11 Outdoor Education 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Darren Whitehead.


Satisfactory completion of Year 10 Outdoor Education (10OE1) with an interest in outdoor pursuits and paid 10OE1 course costs in full.

Please note: there are limited places available in this course and therefore a students performance in Year 10 Physical Education (10PE) and 10 Health (10HE) may also be required to determine final selection.

OR HoD Approval.

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.

Units of work

  • Getting Stuck In to your Performance - students perform in a variety of outdoor pursuits and reflect on factors that impact their participation (Surfing, Whitewater Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Rock Climbing)
  • Kotahitanga- students practice interpersonal skills in order to be able to effectively demonstrate these within a group and then explain how these interpersonal skills impact others (Group activities and Tramping).
  • Safety in the Outdoors - students develop an understanding of the need for responsible behaviour when participating in outdoor pursuits (Whitewater Kayaking and Mountain Biking)
  • Self-Management - across the year students develop self-management strategies and describe the effects these have on participation in outdoor pursuits.

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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, 12 Sports Leadership 3

Career Pathways

Cook, Mining Engineer, Holiday Park Manager, Sales Representative, Accounts Officer, Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Actor, Actuary, Acupuncturist, Office Administrator, Receptionist, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Personal Trainer/Exercise Professional, Registered Nurse, Air Force Aviator, Air Force Officer, Aircraft Loader, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Aircraft Refueller, Paramedic, Pathologist, Chemist, Police Officer, Army Soldier, Medical Physicist, Barrister, Automotive Technician, Microbiologist, Dancer, Bartender, Hotel/Motel Manager, Cafe Worker, Biochemist, Deckhand, Electrical Engineer, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Waiter/Waitress, Cafe/Restaurant Manager, Counsellor, Midwife, Kitchenhand, Chef, Chiropractor, Emergency Management Officer, Civil Engineer, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Psychologist, Trainer, Diver, Community Karitāne, Pharmacist, Industrial Designer, Hotel Porter, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Corrections Officer, Judge, Oral Health Therapist, Diagnostic Radiologist, Dietitian, Maitre d’Hotel, Workplace Relations Adviser, Sports Coach/Official, Forensic Scientist, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Psychiatrist, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Driving Instructor, Personal Assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Environmental Engineer, Firefighter, Fishery Officer, Marine Engineer, Food Technologist, Professional Sportsperson, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Hunter/Trapper, Gardener, Health and Safety Inspector, Health and Safety Adviser, Helicopter Pilot, Veterinarian, Primary School Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Security Officer/Guard, Massage Therapist, Ship's Master, Navy Sailor, Navy Officer, Parking Officer, Policy Analyst, Probation Officer, Recreation Co-ordinator, Secondary School Teacher, Social Worker, Tour Guide, Travel Agent/Adviser, Intelligence Officer, Psychotherapist, Career Consultant

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*11OE1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $370