Share your passion for the outdoors and recreation.
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.
USC also offers a Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies.
Personal statement requirement
As part of your application, you are required to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate your motivation for, and understanding of, the program and profession. In the questionnaire, you will be asked to rank a series of statements in order of what you think is most to least important. You will also need to write a 600-1000 word personal statement on why you think you would make a great teacher, and why influencing the future appeals to you.
After you have submitted an application for this program, you will be contacted with further information about the written statement and how to complete your application.
More information is on the QTAC website.
Students complete 80 days of Supervised Professional Experience, completed as full-time blocks, and 75 hours 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
Contact Student Central
+61 7 5430 2890
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Required courses (18) 216 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
EDU114 Professional Experience: Orientation to the Profession
EDU300 Assessing Learning
EDU328 Professional Experience: Managing Learning Environments
EDU368 Teaching Junior Secondary HPE
EDU369 Teaching Senior Secondary HPE
EDU410 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Learning and Teaching
EDU411 Professional Experience: The Professional Teacher
EDU412 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU415 Teacher as Researcher
EDU417 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
EDU419 Professional Experience: Individual Learner Needs
EDU420 The Psychology of Learning
EDU421 Using Data for Learning
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 (2) 24 units
PLUS select 2 courses (24 units) 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) 96 units
OES240 Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments
OES300 Outdoor Environmental Expeditions
OES301 Leading Coastal Environmental Studies
PUB104 Introduction to Behavioural Health
SPX101 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
SPX222 Sport and Exercise PsychologyΔ
SPX361 Physical Education Studies A
SPX362 Physical Education Studies B
Minor (4) 48 units
Δrefer to Program notes
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 384
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
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 (120 units), including the core course
- Complete 80 days Supervised Professional Experience, completed as full-time blocks, and 75 hours 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
- Currently SPX222 is ONLY offered via online mode
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- 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
- 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
- Apply for your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
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
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
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:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.