Bachelor of Outdoor Education

La Trobe University

This is a course for anyone who prefers to work in the outdoors rather than in a cubicle. La Trobe's degree combines environmental experiences - bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and canoeing - with naturalist studies, preparing you for a range of careers in outdoor and environmental education and adventure guiding. With further study, you also have the ability to work as a qualified teacher in primary or secondary school. La Trobe University has a 30-year history of teaching outdoor education and offer a practical, hands-on approach. You'll undertake up to 140 days of fieldwork, including an 18-day bushwalking trek through the Kosciusko National Park or an 18-day canoeing trip along the Murray River. Other expeditions have included trips to the Australian Alps, the Murray basin, the Grampians, the Victorian coast, as well as to South-West Tasmania, Broome and the Whitsunday Islands. You have the choice of two majors: outdoor education and educational nature tourism. The outdoor education major is designed for motivated students seeking careers in outdoor education, adventure guiding and environmental education, and explores areas such as sustainability education and eco-tourism. Past graduates of this major have found work with outdoor travel companies, as instructors in school camps, in adventure management and in environmental education. The environmental and sustainability education major explores natural history as well as the social and cultural aspects of the environment. This could lead to a role such as working as an education officer with an environmental or government agency. The nature tourism major focuses on the study of natural environments, environmental interpretation, land management and outdoor and field naturalist practice. This prepares you for careers in the nature tourism industry, in national parks, zoos, botanical gardens, and in private nature tourism operations.

Course Fee:

International: $88,800

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English (any); international students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


This course is a three-year full-time program. First year subjects focus on basic concepts in environmental studies and give students a practical and theoretical understanding of outdoor education. Second and third year studies diversify into the specialisations for each of the three majors. Students also do between 80 and 140 days practical work throughout the course, depending on their selected major. To meet entry requirements into a graduate entry secondary teaching program, students are able to choose electives as a sequence of studies in their area of interest.

Subjects you can Study:

Catchment Management; Community Work; Cultural Studies; Ecological Studies; Ecosystem Management; Education-Outdoor; Environment and Sustainability; Environmental Management; Environmental Studies; Geography; Land and Water Management; Land Resource Management; Natural Resource Management; Outdoor Leadership and Guiding; Outdoor Recreation; Parks and Recreation Management; Resource/Environmental Management

Further information:

Students will need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. If they have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect their potential participation in some of the practical components of the course, students are invited to discuss their options with the course coordinator. Students can study this course through La Trobe's Regional Reward.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bendigo 61.8 No Full time 3 years
Bendigo 61.8 No Part time 6 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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