Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

12 Outdoor Education 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Darren Whitehead.


At least 13 credits in Year 11 Outdoor Education (11OE1) and paid 11OE1 course costs in full

OR HoD approval

Please note: there are limited places available in this course and therefore a students performance in Year 11 may be required to determine final selection.

Course Content

This course involves both theory and practical lessons. The lessons will be a combination of classroom based theory and activities based in an outdoor environment.

Units of work

  • Personal and Social Responsibility - students develop effective interpersonal skills in order to be able to work in a group and realise how these interpersonal skills impact on others.
  • Quality Performance - students develop their performance to a high level in Scuba Diving.
  • Risk Management - students develop their ability to identify risks, hazards and relevant strategies related to the activities they are participating in (Mountain Biking, Climbing, Whitewater Kayaking).
  • Event Planning - students examine the implementation and outcomes related to the activities they are participating in (Mountain Biking).
  • Orienteering and Bushcraft - students develop an understanding of the requirements for a safe multi-day tramp in the bush, including clothing, equipment, weather, navigation aids and food (Orienteering event and Survival Camp).
  • Tramping - students complete a three-day journey by foot. They are responsible for planning, decision making and working as a team to complete the journey.

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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.

*This course can be taken alongside 12PF1 with a request exemption completed.


Outdoor Education


13 Outdoor Education 1, 13 Performance Physical Ed. 1, 13 Sports Coaching 4

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

*12OE3* - Supplementary costs: Approx $800