Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

The first of its kind in Queensland, this program teaches the skills to work with people, engaging them in active lifestyles and helping them appreciate nature. This program gives you a broad, versatile education in health and physical education, outdoor environmental studies, and sports coaching.

In this program you will:

  • Attend more than 25 outdoor environmental studies fieldwork days in the Sunshine Coast area, including Fraser Island
  • Learn to coach a range of sports, recreational activities, adventure activities, and outdoor environmental education activities, developing expertise in active learning and teaching strategies
  • Become equipped with skills, knowledge, and experience to journey safely with participants in a range of environments, observing human relationships with nature
  • Select from areas including tourism, leisure and event management, restoration and conservation, indigenous studies, marine science or sustainability
  • Attend more than 25 outdoor environmental studies fieldwork days in the Sunshine Coast area, including Fraser Island

Note: this program does not qualify you to teach in schools. If you want to qualify as a teacher, consider USC’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies.

Location

CRICOS code

094768G

Entry threshold

52.00 52.00 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

3 years 3 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$11,642 CSP
CSP
A$25,600 / A$76,800 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

013261 014261

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
24
Total units
288
Duration
3 years 3 years
CRICOS code
094768G
USC program code
ED312
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (4) 48 units

EDU119 English Language and Literacy
OES100 Outdoor Living and Travel Skills
OES101 Foundations of Outdoor Environmental Studies
SPX102 Introduction to Coaching Science

Health and Physical Education major (8) 96 units

HLT100 Anatomy and Physiology
SPX101 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
NUT212 Principles of Nutrition
OES240 Leading Groups in Outdoor Environments
SPX231 Motor Control and Learning
OES300 Outdoor Environmental Expeditions
OES301 Leading Coastal Environmental Studies
NUT300 Nutrition for Health and Exercise

Minor courses (4) 48 units

Environmental Management
Indigenous Studies
Marine Science
Restoration and Conservation
Sustainability

Elective courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 elective courses (96 units) from the undergraduate elective course options.

If you wish to use your electives to complete 4 courses in a discipline that links to a secondary school subject (e.g. English), you will need to choose only one 100-level course in your list of 4 courses to be eligible to use these as a teaching area.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

Student profile

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meed the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 52.00
Moreton Bay 52.00
Recommended prior study
Health and Physical Education
Recommended prior preparation
It is recommended that students obtain First Aid and CPR certificates.
Program requirements
Program requirements

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 (120 units), including the core course
  • 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
Program notes
  • 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
  • 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 Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Adventure tourism guide
  • Ecotourism guide
  • Environmental interpretation guide
  • Outdoor guide
  • Outdoor recreation officer
  • Sports coach

Memberships

Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • National Outdoor Recreation Leadership Scheme

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$11,642
Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$25,600
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$76,800

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your USC experience today.

Need help with submitting your application?

USC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a USC Representative in your area.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013261
Moreton Bay 014261
Culminates in an expedition and leadership experience
Tailor studies to your personal interests and ambitions
5 stars for teaching quality
Lauren Tasker Graduate

Student story

“The teaching staff and their approaches are the best part about USC, and I loved taking the learning outside into real environments so often.”