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Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Outdoor Education Major

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


AUT North Campus


Study at New Zealand's top sport and recreation university. Take your interest in sport, recreation and fitness, and create a rewarding career for yourself.

There's demand for skilled sport, recreation and fitness professionals in New Zealand and overseas. Join us and we help you develop the skills to play a key role in this exciting industry.

At AUT you have access to world-class facilities, high-achieving academics and researchers, and our outstanding workplace experience programme. Industry experience is an important part of your study, and you can choose from a vast number of host organisations.

A qualification in outdoor education gives you the skillset to work in the outdoor and adventure industry, teaching and leading others.

AUT outdoor education graduates work in many fields. They teach in schools, work in outdoor pursuit centres, operate adventure tourism ventures and often progress into management.

Encounter New Zealand’s unique environment and learn from some of the country’s most experienced staff in outdoor education. AUT staff have worked and adventured in some of the world’s most exciting places including Antarctica, Nepal, North and South America, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the Alps of France, Austria and Switzerland.

Career opportunities

  • Adventure consultant or educator
  • Corporate development trainer
  • Commercial guide
  • Instructing outdoor pursuits – white water kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling and bush survival
  • Outdoor education instructor or teacher (After completing the one-year Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching)
  • Youth worker

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

Key features

  • Workplace experience in outdoor education camps, adventure tourism centres or schools
  • Passionate staff with first-hand experience in outdoor education and adventure

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Must be capable of meeting the Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) requirements, including police clearance

Useful New Zealand school subjects

Art History, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, Media Studies, Social Studies and either Physical Education or a subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics

English Language Requirements:

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

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