Information on this page is for Australian residents

Start date:
25 February 2019
ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2018. More about ATAR
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 

Overview

Prepare for a career working in nature, with a Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Science from VU.

Our outdoor education and environmental science degree opens up a range of possibilities for work in the great outdoors:

  • outdoor or environmental educator
  • park ranger
  • ecotourism or adventure-tourism worker
  • natural-science work (field or lab-based positions)
  • land and resource management roles (Parks, DELWP, CMA’s)
  • environmental/adventure activity programs.

Throughout your degree there are numerous field-based components designed to grow your understanding of outdoor environments. You'll explore ways to move through the natural environment, ways to understand and experience it, and ways to help others enjoy and appreciate it.

You'll acquire a solid, science-based foundation, along with skills and understanding in:

  • adventure activities
  • community building
  • conservation, ecology and sustainability
  • group and resource management
  • leadership
  • indigenous knowledge
  • risk and safety.

You'll have the opportunity to complete external industry-based qualifications, including:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • White-water Raft Guide (grade 3)
  • Flatwater Canoe Instructor
  • Bushwalking Guide.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Our Footscray Park Campus has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.

Facilities include:

  • aquatic and fitness centre
  • childcare services
  • learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
  • restaurants and café
  • state-of-the-art lecture theatres.

Delivery mode

Blended, Face to Face

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Have incredible outdoors experiences while you learn.

Careers in outdoor education and environmental science

The Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Science offers several career pathways:

  • environmental educator
  • outdoor educator
  • outdoor adventure guide, instructor or facilitator
  • park ranger
  • teaching (with additional Master of Teaching (Secondary Education))
  • scientific roles in organisations such as the CSIRO
  • land management roles with organisations such as National/State Parks, Local Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), Local Councils and Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP)
  • eco and adventure tourism.

The nature-based outdoor economy offers many career opportunities. An industry-based report Outdoors Victoria and Sport and Recreation Victoria – Victoria’s nature based outdoor economy, indicates this industry is worth $7.4 billion annually to Victoria’s economy, employing 71,000 fulltime jobs.

Teaching roles

The Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Science satisfies three major teaching areas for the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT):

  • General Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Outdoor and Environmental Studies.

On graduation, you may continue on to our Master of Teaching (Secondary) to become a registered teacher.

Salaries

Environmental scientists earn an average Australian salary of A$79,000 (JobOutlook).

After completion of a Master of Teaching (Secondary) to become a teacher, you could earn around A$78,000 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Sciences, students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core units
  • 192 credit points Professional Core units

First Year Core Units

Professional Core Units

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills from the outdoor education, general science and environmental science disciplines to become a leader in their area of expertise;  
  2. Develop and design evidence-based practice in outdoor education and environmental science to support a diverse range of individual, group, community and stakeholder needs;  
  3. Analyse and synthesise information gathered from outdoor education and environmental science research to develop knowledge and understanding of professional identity and discipline specific requirements and as a basis for independent lifelong learning;  
  4. Evaluate and apply information to creatively solve problems related to professional practice in outdoor education and environmental science;  
  5. Work as an independent and collaborative professional who can clearly and coherently communicate outdoor education and environmental science knowledge and ideas;  
  6. Analyse and evaluate a diverse range of policies and procedures to enable the safe delivery and implementation of field based programs across the outdoor education and environmental science disciplines; and  
  7. Develop skill specific knowledge and technique in a broad range of outdoor adventure activities to use as a platform for the development of meta-skills related to outdoor education and environmental science.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of a single unit of Higher Education studies.
OR:
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Health or Human Sciences, Training & Development, Community Sports or similar.
OR:
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

Due to the nature of the field lab components of this course students should note that some unit delivery will take place outside of the normal university hours. Please note that SOL2000 Natural Environments 2 will be delivered during the summer semester due to environmental constraints.

Students may incur a levy of approximately $2000 across the duration of the course for transport, accommodation and camping fees associated with field laboratories. This levy will be charged at a unit level depending on the requirements specific to the unit.

Students will require a Working with Children Check and National Police Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site links to obtain additional information:
http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Remedial Massage

The Gordon

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Diploma of Sport Development

Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA)

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply through VTAC

You should apply through VTAC if you:

  • are applying for more than one course
  • are completing Year 12 in 2018
  • have an existing VTAC application to study in 2019.

VTAC course code: 4301010911

VTAC very late applications are due 7 December 2018.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

You can apply for consideration of your life circumstances during the application process by submitting a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

You should apply direct to VU if you are:

  • only applying for this course; and
  • not completing Year 12.

If you have already applied through VTAC you must not apply directly to VU.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

Apply direct to VU

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