Share your passion for the outdoors and recreation with others.
This double degree gives you the opportunity to combine health and physical education with outdoor education – a strong pairing not offered at any other university in Queensland.
This program prepares you to teach Years 7-12 in health and physical education and another teaching area of your choice such as English, geography, history or mathematics. You can also pursue a career in outdoor/environmental education centres, adventure tourism and ecotourism.
Our program has been developed in partnership with leading education bodies, and when you graduate you’ll be eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers.
The Sunshine Coast is a thriving sporting and outdoor education hub, making it the perfect location to study this program.
You’ll complete 80 days of supervised professional experience in Queensland schools, 15 days of wider field experience, and 25 days outdoor environmental fieldwork, including residential camping experiences, in natural environments on the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island.
You’ll also learn in quality sport and exercise science laboratories, accredited by the National Sport Science Quality Assurance program at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Applicants must write a 1000-word written statement that describes their non-academic capabilities. Effective teachers possess both academic and non-academic capabilities. Research has shown that the best teachers are those who have academic capability, literacy and numeracy skills and personal characteristics (non-academic capabilities). Non-academic capabilities include motivation to teach, self-efficacy, willingness to learn, conscientiousness, engagement with learning, resilience, interpersonal and communication skills, organisational and planning skills, and written communication skills. Research has also shown that a personal written statement describing self-assessment of non-academic capabilities is a suitable means for assessing non-academic capabilities for teaching.
Entry to this program requires applicants to meet academic and non-academic criteria.
Full details of entry to this program are on the QTAC website.
Students complete 80 days of Supervised Professional Experience, completed as full-time blocks, and 15 days of Wider Field Experience. The majority of Supervised Professional Experience must be completed in Queensland schools. Students must obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information. Blue Cards are free-of-charge for Education students when applying through the School of Education at USC.
Students will also need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.
Students will need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the program. If they have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect their potential participation in some of the practical components of the program, they are invited to discuss their options with the program coordinator.
As a graduate, you can pursue work with secondary schools, private colleges, outdoor/environmental education centres, universities or private companies/businesses.
Teacher in secondary schools
Outdoor recreation officer
Environmental interpretation guide
Adventure tourism guide
Graduates may apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.
Potential registration with the National Outdoor Recreation Leadership Scheme.
Application and admission advice
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What will I study
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Required courses (16)
COR109 Communication and Thought
EDU114 Professional Experience: Orientation to the Profession
EDU202 Individual Learner Needs
EDU328 Professional Experience: Managing Learning Environments
EDU410 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Learning and Teaching
EDU412 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU417 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
EDU418 Secondary Assessment and Reporting
EDU419 Professional Experience: Individual Learner Needs
EDU420 The Psychology of Learning
EDU421 Using Data for Learning
EDU422 Secondary Professional Learning: The Professional Empowered and Engaged
OES100 Outdoor Living and Travel Skills
OES101 Foundations of Outdoor Environmental Studies
SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
SPX102 Introduction to Coaching Science
Required curriculum and pedagogy courses (4)
EDU368 Health and Physical Education: Curriculum A*
EDU369 Health and Physical Education: Curriculum B*
PLUS select 2 courses to match your chosen Minor:
EDU347 Teaching Junior Secondary English
EDU348 Teaching Senior Secondary English
EDU356 Teaching Junior Secondary Geography
EDU357 Teaching Senior Secondary Geography
EDU358 Teaching Junior Secondary History
EDU359 Teaching Senior Secondary History
EDU363 Teaching Junior Secondary Mathematics
EDU364 Teaching Senior Secondary Mathematics
Health and Physical Education major (8)
OES240 Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments
OES300 Fraser Island Expedition*
OES301 Leading Coastal Environmental Studies*
PUB104 Introduction to Behavioural Health
SPX101 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
SPX222 Sport and Exercise Psychology
SPX361 Physical Education Studies A
SPX362 Physical Education Studies B
*Subject to final approval
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 384
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course
- Complete 80 days Supervised Professional Experience, completed as full-time blocks, and 15 days of Wider Field Experience
- Complete 25 days Outdoor Environmental Fieldwork on Fraser Island and other natural environments on the Sunshine Coast
- Successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website
- You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
In order to commence Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) placement you must:
- Obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information
- Complete PrePlace and a Student Placement Agreement (further information will be provided by the placement office upon enrolment)
- Be willing to travel to attend supervised professional experience placements
- Visit Education - Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) for more information regarding requirements for placements
- Cross-institutional study is not permitted for the education (EDU) coded courses and SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
- Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Students will need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the program. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect your potential participation in some of the practical components of the program, you are invited to discuss your options with the program coordinator
- Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.
Step 1 - Enrol in our courses
Step 2 - Select your class times
How to enrol once Class selection has opened
Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
Plan your study
Confirm your enrolment
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.
Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.
* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.
View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.
To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.
Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.
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