Outdoor education

Why study outdoor education?

Outdoor education is the study of relationships humans have with the natural world through outdoor experiences. You’ll study concepts drawn from education, outdoor leadership, safety management, natural and cultural history, environmental interpretation, tourism, and natural resource management.

We have a 30 year history of teaching outdoor education. With a common first year across the Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education, you have the flexibility to apply to transfer programs at the end of first year if you want to change your focus. Alternatively, you can choose to combine physical, health and outdoor education in one course.

The courses are based on the Bendigo Campus, with practical teaching taking place in natural environments across Australia. In any given week you could find yourself bushwalking in the Alps, canoeing on the Murray River, studying natural history in the Grampians, sea kayaking at the Whitsunday Islands, exploring the cliff environments of Mount Arapiles, or walking the Broome coastline with Traditional Owners.

Be part of our close-knit student and staff community at one of the largest providers of outdoor and environmental education in the world.

Find out more about the Department of Outdoor and Environmental Education.

Career opportunities in outdoor education, nature tourism, outdoor recreation and physical and health education

Our graduates are highly sought-after by a wide range of workplaces.

Graduates are prepared for careers in outdoor and environmental education services with schools, school camps and environment centres, community environmental education, as interpreters and guides in national parks, land and natural resources management, environmental interpretation for government or corporate sector, sustainability and ecology community education, adventure guides, and nature tourism operations.

You may choose to register as a teacher by completing a Master of Teaching, which will allow you to teach in government, Catholic and independent schools, both nationally and overseas (subject to course entry and teacher registration requirements).

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are Clearly In ATAR Rank as a quick guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. Additional information on the 2017 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

2018

Bachelor of Outdoor Education
Duration :
3 years full-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 61.8
Year
2018
About this course
This is a course for anyone who prefers to work in the outdoors rather than in a cubicle. Our degree combines environmental experiences - bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and canoeing - with naturalist studies, preparing you for a range of careers in outdoor and environmental education and adventure guiding. With further study, you'll also have the ability to work as a qualified teacher in primary or secondary school.

We have a 30-year history of teaching outdoor education and offer a practical, hands-on approach. You'll undertake up to 140 days of fieldwork, including an 18-day bushwalking trek through the Kosciusko National Park or an 18-day canoeing trip along the Murray River. Other expeditions have included trips to the Australian Alps, the Murray basin, the Grampians, the Victorian coast, as well as to South-West Tasmania, Broome and the Whitsunday Islands.

You'll have the choice of two majors: outdoor education and educational nature tourism.

The outdoor education major is designed for motivated students
seeking careers in outdoor education, adventure guiding and environmental education, and explores areas such as sustainability education and eco-tourism. Past graduates of this major have found work with outdoor travel companies, as instructors in school camps, in adventure management and in environmental education.

Our environmental and sustainability education major explores
natural history as well as the social and cultural aspects of the
environment. This could lead to a role such as working as an education officer with an environmental or government agency.

Our nature tourism major focuses on the study of natural environments, environmental interpretation, land management and outdoor and field naturalist practice. This prepares you for careers in the nature tourism industry, in national parks, zoos, botanical gardens, and in private nature tourism operations.
Career opportunities
Our graduates are prepared for careers in outdoor and environmental education services to schools, community environmental education, as interpreters and guides in national parks, land and natural resources management, environmental interpretation for government or corporate sectors, sustainability and ecology community education, and nature tourism operations.
If you wish to pursue a teaching career, you can complete a Master of Teaching (Primary) or Master of Teaching (Secondary) and qualify to teach in areas such as outdoor and environmental studies, geography, biology and humanities.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English (any).
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also involve GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any English equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in Biology, Environmental Science, any Humanities, any LOTE or Outdoor And Environmental Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
You need to allow A$1,500 - A$2,000 to purchase suitable outdoor field equipment such as a sleeping bag and wet weather gear. These items may be purchased from any supplier; they remain your property. You are encouraged to bring any camping gear you already have and to wait until you have commenced the course before buying any new gear.
Additional information
You'll need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect your potential participation in some of the practical components of the course, you are invited to discuss your options with the course coordinator.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution.

If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December. Late direct applications may be accepted.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education
Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 50.9
Year
2018
About this course
Study in the bush, on rivers and in alpine environments with this practical three-year degree. You can major in either outdoor recreation or natural resources education, building your confidence in the outdoors through fieldwork experience in both areas.

The outdoor recreation major emphasises environmental and social responsibility. You'll study leadership and safety in outdoor environments, and gain 160 days of field trip experience. Your electives can include bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and paddling, which will develop your knowledge of the Bendigo region, the Victorian Alps, the Grampians and the Murray River system.

The natural resources education major promotes a deep understanding of ecology and the cultural and natural history of the alpine, woodland, coastal and river environments of south-eastern Australia. This major offers 50 days of field trip experience.
Career opportunities
Once you graduate, you could go on to work as a leader in school camps or environmental centres, as an outdoor education instructor, or as a leader or instructor in the adventure travel industry.

If you major in natural resources, you could find a role in land and natural resources management, as a community educator in sustainability and ecology, or in an environmental education centre. You could also work as a ranger or education officer in a national park.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also involve GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any English equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in Biology, Environmental Science, any Humanities, any LOTE or Outdoor And Environmental Studies equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
You should allow A$1500 - A$2000 to purchase suitable outdoor field equipment such as a sleeping bag and wet weather gear. These items may be purchased from any supplier; they remain your personal property. You are encouraged to bring any camping gear you may already have and to wait until you have commenced the course before purchasing any new gear.
Additional information
You'll need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect your potential participation in some of the practical components of the course, you are invited to discuss your options with the course coordinator.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution.

If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December. Late direct applications may be accepted.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education
Duration :
3 years full time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 51.5
Year
2018
About this course
The Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education prepares you to enter the education / training profession. It covers a range of topics including environmental and sustainability education, safety and risk management, leadership, exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, movement studies and skill analysis. The course serves as a pathway into a Master's Degree for those graduates wishing to qualify as teachers.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL. All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also involve GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Humanities equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution.

If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December. Late direct applications may be accepted.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2018

Bachelor of Outdoor Education (074699C)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 600
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
This is a course for anyone who prefers to work in the outdoors rather than in a cubicle. Our degree combines environmental experiences - bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and canoeing - with naturalist studies, preparing you for a range of careers in outdoor and environmental education and adventure guiding. With further study, you'll also have the ability to work as a qualified teacher in primary or secondary school.

We have a 30-year history of teaching outdoor education and offer a practical, hands-on approach. You'll undertake up to 140 days of fieldwork, including an 18-day bushwalking trek through the Kosciusko National Park or an 18-day canoeing trip along the Murray River. Other expeditions have included trips to the Australian Alps, the Murray basin, the Grampians, the Victorian coast, as well as to South-West Tasmania, Broome and the Whitsunday Islands.

You'll have the choice of two majors: outdoor education and educational nature tourism.

The outdoor education major is designed for motivated students
seeking careers in outdoor education, adventure guiding and environmental education, and explores areas such as sustainability education and eco-tourism. Past graduates of this major have found work with outdoor travel companies, as instructors in school camps, in adventure management and in environmental education.

Our environmental and sustainability education major explores
natural history as well as the social and cultural aspects of the
environment. This could lead to a role such as working as an education officer with an environmental or government agency.

Our nature tourism major focuses on the study of natural environments, environmental interpretation, land management and outdoor and field naturalist practice. This prepares you for careers in the nature tourism industry, in national parks, zoos, botanical gardens, and in private nature tourism operations.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: minimum score of 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
Additional costs
You need to allow A$1,500 - A$2,000 to purchase suitable outdoor field equipment such as a sleeping bag and wet weather gear. These items may be purchased from any supplier; they remain your property. You are encouraged to bring any camping gear you already have and to wait until you have commenced the course before buying any new gear.
Additional information
You will need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect potential participation in some of the practical components of the course, you are invited to discuss your options with the course coordinator:
Outdoor.Education@latrobe.edu.au
Career opportunities
Our graduates are prepared for careers in outdoor and environmental education services to schools, community environmental education, as interpreters and guides in national parks, land and natural resources management, environmental interpretation for government or corporate sectors, sustainability and ecology community education, and nature tourism operations.
If you wish to pursue a teaching career, you can complete a Master of Teaching (Primary) or Master of Teaching (Secondary) and qualify to teach in areas such as outdoor and environmental studies, geography, biology and humanities.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education (074700D)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 600
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
Study in the bush, on rivers and in alpine environments with this practical three-year degree. You can major in either outdoor recreation or natural resources education, building your confidence in the outdoors through fieldwork experience in both areas.

The outdoor recreation major emphasises environmental and social responsibility. You'll study leadership and safety in outdoor environments, and gain 160 days of field trip experience. Your electives can include bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and paddling, which will develop your knowledge of the Bendigo region, the Victorian Alps, the Grampians and the Murray River system.

The natural resources education major promotes a deep understanding of ecology and the cultural and natural history of the alpine, woodland, coastal and river environments of south-eastern Australia. This major offers 50 days of field trip experience.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: minimum score of 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
Additional costs
You should allow A$1500 - A$2000 to purchase suitable outdoor field equipment such as a sleeping bag and wet weather gear. These items may be purchased from any supplier; they remain your personal property. You are encouraged to bring any camping gear you may already have and to wait until you have commenced the course before purchasing any new gear.
Additional information
You will need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect potential participation in some of the practical components of the course, you are invited to discuss your options with the course coordinator:
Outdoor.Education@latrobe.edu.au
Career opportunities
You can work as a leader in school camps or environmental centres, as an outdoor education instructor, or as a leader or instructor in the adventure travel industry.

Natural resources education graduates are likely to find many roles in land and natural resources management, community education for sustainability and ecology, and in environmental education centres. You may also find employment as a ranger or education officer in national parks.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education (093394G)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29,600
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2018
About this course
The Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education prepares you to enter the education / training profession. It covers a range of topics including environmental and sustainability education, safety and risk management, leadership, exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, movement studies and skill analysis. The course serves as a pathway into a Master's Degree for those graduates wishing to qualify as teachers.
English Language Requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic module with an average band score of 7.0 across all four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing - where there is no score below 6.5 in any of the four skills areas.
Subject prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 30, or at least 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics.
Additional information
All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Career opportunities
Teacher in schools
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Practical work and field trips

Each program includes field trips and practical work experience. You’ll typically complete between 25 and 50 days of practical experience each year, with most courses including a three-week expedition. You’ll have the opportunity to develop expertise in local Box-Ironbark environments, the Australian Alps, the Murray-Darling basin, the Grampians or the Victorian coast. Also available are elective extended trips to South-West Tasmania, Broome, the NSW Alps during winter, and the Whitsunday Islands.

Watch student videos of some of our field trips here.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Students of the Faculty talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.