La Trobe University

Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education


Semester starts
Semester 1 (March)
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
29 600

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.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: minimum score of 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

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.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

29 600

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.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

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 you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

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:

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:

CRICOS code: 074700D