13 Outdoor Education 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Darren Whitehead


At least 18 credits in Level 2 Outdoor Education (12OE3) with 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.

NOTE - the supplementary cost associated to this course is $780

Units of work

  • Gratitude - practice showing gratitude towards others as this is a very important life skill that can make someone feel better about themselves and may even open up new opportunities for you in the future.
  • 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 the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.
  • Adaptability - practice the ability to adjust oneself readily to different conditions while preparing for and completing a four day navigation exercise in the Kaimai Ranges.
  • Independence - practice the state of being independent while preparing for and performing in rock climbing and mountain biking.
  • Perspective - take in the big picture view through a Solo camping experience.


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

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

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*13OE1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $780

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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