10 Outdoor Education

What is this subject about?

Year 10 students are building on their skills from Year 9 Introduction to Outdoor Ed to prepare for VCE. However, students who have not complete year 9 Outdoor Ed can still select this subject and begin their Outdoor Education.

Outdoor Education is basically about learning about the environment. The key difference between Outdoor Education and other subjects is that rather than just study theory, we try to learn through experience in the outdoors. This includes recreational activities such as surfing, mountain bike riding, bushwalking, snorkelling, camping etc. It may also include conservation activities such as tree planting and weeding. Basically, if it happens in the outdoors then it can be regarded as a possibility (however, philosophically we would avoid activities that were damaging to the environment or too dangerous for students e.g. dirt bike riding).

What are we going to be studying?

The aim of this subject will be to give students and introduction to VCE Outdoor Education by developing some basic camping skills: planning, first aid, pitching tents, cooking and equipment selection. A core range of outdoor activities will be introduced (with the aim of extending these skills in VCE) such as:
* Mountain Biking
* Bushwalking
* Surfing
* Canoeing
* Camping Skills

Related to each of these activities is a theory component with assessment tasks.

Students will also Study Knowledge from Unit 2 Area of Study 2 which includes technology in outdoor environments, vocational pathways, indigenous relationships and the impacts of humans on outdoor environments.

Where does this subject go?

In terms of related subject’s students who successfully complete Outdoor Ed. in Year 10 should consider:
* Year 10 Fit4Action
* VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies
* VCE Physical Education

Directly related career interests may include:
* Outdoor Education Teacher
* Outdoor Instructor
* Professional Guide e.g. World Expeditions Leader
* Marine Biologist
* Conservationist
* Professional (i.e. sponsored) Athlete e.g. Rock-Climber, Surfer, Mountaineer etc.
* Park Ranger
* Search and Rescue

Any Questions:

Frequently Asked Questions…

The Levy
This subject is not covered by your school fees and an additional levy is charged upon your enrolment. The levy for each student is approximately $275.00 in 2024 (Note: This levy is also applied to VCE OES at approximately $375 Unit 3-4)

How many camps are there in Year 10 Outdoor Ed?
One camp for the Semester (3 days), and several half-full day activities.

What study pathways can VCE Outdoor lead to?
* Bachelor in Outdoor Education
* Certificate 3 or 4 in Outdoor Recreation
* Instructor Certificates (Including but not limited to Flat water Paddling, Rock Climbing, Surfing, Skiing)
* Bachelor In Environmental Science
* Certificate in Horticulture
* Certificate in Parks and Gardens
* Landscape Construction