Share your love of outdoor recreation and nature with others
Our society is becoming more sedentary and disconnected from nature. In this program, you’ll develop the skills to work with people, engaging them in more active lifestyles and helping them to connect with and appreciate nature.
This program is the only one of its kind in Queensland and gives you a broad, versatile education in sport coaching, physical education teaching, outdoor environmental studies, and health education. In addition, it offers the flexibility to tailor your studies to your personal interests and career ambitions. You can select from a wide range of elective courses in complementary areas such as tourism, leisure and event management; sustainability or animal ecology - imagine the opportunities this opens up.
You will also select a minor in Geography, Maths, English or History giving you the discipline studies needed if you choose to enrol in a teaching qualification either concurrently with the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) as a double degree program. If you would prefer to complete your teaching qualifications later, through postgraduate studies, you also have the options of a minor in Biology, Drama or Chemistry minors in addition to Geography, Maths, English or History.
You will participate in more than 25 outdoor environmental studies fieldwork days in the Sunshine Coast area including Fraser Island and you will study an innovative four-course minor culminating with an expedition and leadership experiences.
During your studies you will learn to coach a range of sports, recreational activities, adventure activities, and outdoor environmental education activities and develop your expertise in experiential, active learning and teaching strategies. This program will also equip you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to journey safely with participants in a range of natural environments and to study the relationships that humans have with nature.
Students 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.
Outdoor recreation officer
Environmental interpretation guide
Adventure tourism guide
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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Introductory courses (4)
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
* Not offered until Semester 2, 2018, subject to final approval
Minor courses (4)
Elective courses (8)
**Biology minor and Chemistry minor students must use an elective course to complete a prerequisite, in their first year of study.
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
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 288 units as outlined in program structure
- Complete no more then 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course
- You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
- Complete 25 days Outdoor Environmental Fieldwork on Fraser Island and other natural environments on the Sunshine Coast
In order to commence Supervised Professional Experience placement you must:
- Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state/territory authority)
- Travel to attend field education placements
- A Blue Card is required, refer to Requirements for placements
- 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 including essays, seminar presentations, reports and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
- 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
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
- You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
- Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
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.
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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