Bachelor of Outdoor and Environmental Education

You love the outdoors and want to share this passion with other people. You want to lead, inspire and teach others. You want a degree that will give you the opportunity to explore alpine areas, rock climb, paddle and bushwalk.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
Location
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Length
3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
ATAR
Year 12 applicants will be ranked based on their ATAR and ATAR Adjustment Factors – e.g. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Subject Adjustments. 

You love the outdoors and want to share this passion with other people. You want to lead, inspire and teach others. You want a degree that will give you the opportunity to explore alpine areas, rock climb, paddle and bushwalk.

When you graduate, you want options to work in different areas across your career. During this degree, you'll learn leadership, teaching and people skills and put these into practice in a variety of settings.

Your subjects are a blend of hands-on and theoretical work, and include outdoor leadership, community and bush environments, and coastal environments. Your studies will focus on blending hands-on experiences, such as camps, and fieldwork, with the theory learned. Your future may see you teaching in Australia or overseas, or running outdoor education centres. Perhaps you'll work in resorts, councils or community organisations. And maybe you'll start your own ecotourism company.

Areas of study include: aquatics and water safety, coastal environments, community and bush environments, education outdoors, environmental studies, health and physical activity in society, interpersonal practice and counselling skills, outdoor and physical education, outdoor experience, outdoor leadership and experiential learning, pedagogy and place, population and global health perspectives, practicum in outdoor and environmental education, rock environments, sustainable earth, teaching in outdoor and environmental education, water environments.

  • Activities instructor
  • Adventurer
  • Eco-tour guide
  • Outdoor recreation officer
  • Activity instructor
  • Camping and outdoor educator
  • Environmental education officer
  • Ranger
  • Adventure guide
  • Documentary maker
  • Outdoor educator
  • Recreational activities teacher

You may go on to study a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) to become a qualified teacher.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

UNDERSTANDING UNIVERSITY LEARNING
ATSGC1369, 15 credit points
SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY EDUCATION
EDHPE1001, 15 credit points
OUTDOOR LIVING AND TRAVEL SKILLS - LAND
OEEDU1004, 15 credit points
ADVENTURE AND OUTDOOR RECREATION
OEEDU2500, 15 credit points

Semester 2

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE
EDHPE1002, 15 credit points
OUTDOOR LIVING AND TRAVEL SKILLS - WATER
OEEDU1005, 15 credit points
SUSTAINABLE EARTH
SCSUS1500, 15 credit points
Elective (1)

Year 2

Semester 1

COASTAL EDUCATION
OEEDU2600, 15 credit points
Elective (1)

Semester 2

OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE
OEEDU3300, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

PRACTICUM 1
OEEDU3400, 15 credit points
THE OUTDOOR PROFESSION
OEEDU3800, 15 credit points

Semester 2

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
OEEDU3700, 15 credit points
PRACTICUM 2
OEEDU4200, 15 credit points
EDUCATION OUTDOORS
OEEDU4500, 15 credit points
Approximately 40 hours per week of study load (contact hours will vary per week)
This program requires a total of 200 placement hours, across 5 weeks
Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)

Prerequisites 

  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.
This is not a minimum ATAR or the lowest ATAR selection rank..

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 40 in Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.

 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

 

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).

 

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

 

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.

Extra Requirements


Essential requirements for enrolment and graduation

Working with children check

Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements. 


Police record check

Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements. 

 

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510251 (Mt Helen), 3700710251 (Churchill)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: OE5

CRICOS code: 085612B

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,021 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2022

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

Other TAFE studies
Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this program.  You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course. 
 
Bridging programs


A bridging program can provide an excellent foundation to build upon in your bachelor degree studies:

  • Our one semester Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program  provides you an alternate entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university.  On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Outdoor and Environmental Education for the next semester.

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.

 


Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

 

Pathways from this course:

  • Outdoors Victoria (OV)
  • Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)

Graduates and students are eligible for a professional membership with Outdoors Victoria (OV).

OV offer members the opportunity to contribute to their profession through participation in face-to-face and online forums, seminars and conferences, and access additional professional learning opportunities and resources.

 

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Education

Course coordinator

Josh Ambrosy