Diploma in Outdoor Environmental Studies

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Diploma in Outdoor Environmental Studies

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This program is only available to International students

Program summary

Looking for a career that combines environmental studies, exploration and adventure.

This diploma equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to the leadership of transformative outdoor environmental experiences in natural settings as a guide and scientific interpreter. You'll participate in fieldwork on Fraser Island and other locations on the Sunshine Coast, learn how to navigate diverse terrain using non-motorised modes of travel, develop an understanding of environmental management objectives, and learn about unique terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them.

Courses that involve field trips may require a degree of physical fitness and mobility. Some items of personal equipment will need to be provided/purchased by the students.

Students will complete 20-40 days of supervised outdoor environmental studies fieldwork (depending on elective choices) in local natural environments and the Fraser Island World Heritage Area.

The University will meet most costs of the field trips, but students will be required to pay for their own food. Students may also elect to participate in some additional private trips to refine their skills, knowledge and experience.

Recommended prior study

English and at least one of the sciences.

Additional entry information

International students who have completed studies relevant to the program are eligible for up to four courses credit based on the previous completed studies.

Applicants from a non-English speaking background must attain an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in each subtest.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be suited to pursue careers as leaders in outdoor education, outdoor environmental studies, and/or entry-level environmental management positions.

Membership

Upon completion students may be eligible for partial/full registration with the National Outdoor Recreation Leadership Scheme administered by the Outdoor Council of Australia, depending on courses completed.

Application and admission advice

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Contact USC International

study@usc.edu.au
+61 7 5430 2843

What will I study

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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.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Courses that involve field trips may require a degree of physical fitness and mobility. 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
  • Some items of personal equipment will need to be provided/purchased by the students themselves. This would include:
    Personal sleeping mat, personal sleeping bag, walking shoes/boots, Backpack, Torch, Daypack
  • The University will meet most costs of the field trips, but students will be required to pay for their own food. Students may also elect to participate in some additional private trips to refine their skills, knowledge and experience
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa

How to apply

Note: This diploma is offered to International applicants only.

Am I eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants should apply directly to USC International.

More information

If you have questions about International applications and admissions:

  • Search for answers and ask questions in askUSC
  • Email: International Admissions study@usc.edu.au 
  • Tel: USC International on +61 7 5430 2843
  • In person: First Floor, Building J, Sippy Downs Campus

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

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.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

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.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

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).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

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.

Plan your study

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.

Confirm your enrolment

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.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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