Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

13 Outdoor Education 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Darren Whitehead.


At least 13 credits in Level 2 Outdoor Education (12OE3) including merit in AS91334 (Personal and Social Responsibility), achieved in AS91333 (Risk Management), a completed Bushcraft Manual and paid 12OE3 course costs in full

OR HoD approval

Please note: there are limited places available in this course and therefore a students performance in Year 12 and an interview with the Head of Department 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

  • Independence - practice the state of being independent while preparing for and participating in a surf camp
  • Judgement - practice making considered decisions or coming to sensible conclusions while preparing for and completing the Whanganui Journey.
  • Creativity - practice the use of imagination or original ideas to create a personal outdoor pursuit based event.
  • Reliability - practice the ability to be relied on or depended on, as for accuracy, honesty, or achievement while preparing for and completing a four day navigation exercise.
  • Adaptability - practice the ability to adjust oneself readily to different conditions while preparing for and completing a four day Adventure Race.
  • Perseverance - practice persisting in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success by preparing for and completing a timed mountain biking circuit.
  • Perspective & Gratitude - take in the big picture view through a Solo camping experience designed to help you show gratitude.

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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.

This course 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

Career Pathways

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

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*13OE1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $750