Bachelor of Outdoor Education
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.
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;
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.
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.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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.
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:
CRICOS code: 074699C