Bachelor of Outdoor Education

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

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.


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.


  • 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

Standard 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo No
  • Full-time : 3 years

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.

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