This course requires 2 options.

Outdoor Education 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Marshall

Outdoor Education is the study of adventure pursuits, development of inter-personal skills, safety in the outdoors, personal qualities including leadership and looking at strategies for success.

  • Surfing during double periods at the Mount
  • Fishing and Surf Camp - Whangamata - 2 day camp 
  • Mountain Biking in the Redwoods - 2 day camp
  • Mountain biking in double periods around close trails
  • Timber trail Mountain bike trip followed by Tongariro crossing (tramp) - 3 day camp
  • Blackwater and Whitewater rafting - 2 day camp
  • Diving - Open Water and Advanced Diving - Dive Zone Tauranga

Course Overview

Term 1
Term 1 begins with the boys looking at safety in the outdoors. They head to the Mount for double periods and surf in preparation for the Surfing and Fishing Camp at Whangamata (2-day camp). Whilst on this trip they will look into aspects of safety management in the outdoors and look at how these impact on the group.
In April they will complete the Timber trail on mountain bikes and the Tongariro Crossing (AS3.7 - 3 credits). On completion, they identify the hazards associated with the trip and look at how to minimise these. Environmental care, ethics and involvement of iwi and other important stakeholders are looked at within this standard.

Term 2
Leadership in the outdoors is the theme of term 2 (AS 3.8 - 4 credits). The students look at contemporary styles of leadership and utilise these styles during outdoor activities. They have a mountain biking camp to the redwoods - where they work in groups with everyone taking on and assuming a leadership role. On return from camp, they identify what style/s worked best for them and identify what works best in the outdoors.

Across the year the students also complete the practical standard AS 3.4 - 4 credits. This is completed in mountain biking, surfing or another sport/s they complete when representing the school.

Term 3
Term 3 will see the class completed their diving certificate, either an Open Water or Advanced dive depending on what the students currently hold. They will complete the knowledge online and will then complete a pool, lake and ocean dive as part of the course.
The students complete a unit on strategies for success (AS 3.9 - 4 credits). This involves them completing some baseline testing and then choosing and implementing strategies to ensure they are ready to complete the 2-day white water and black water rafting challenges. They can also look at strategies that can ensure they successfully pass their dive certification.

Term 4
Revision and extension


Students can pick this up at Level 3 with no prior Physical Education courses. However the course builds on what is covered in Level 2 Outdoor Education and priority would be given to those gaining 14 or more credits in Level 2 Outdoor Education.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$895.00 Camps & Diving
Costs not included:
medical certificate for Diving
Food for Camps

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course.
Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
* 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and
* at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards.

This course is approved for University Entrance.
For a full list of UE approved subjects, go here:

Total Credits Available: 15 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91501 v2
Physical Education 3.4 - Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: Y

Term: 3, Week: 5
Term: 3, Week: 10

A.S. 91504 v2
Physical Education 3.7 - Analyse issues in safety management for outdoor activity to devise safety management strategies
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Term: 2, Week: 4
Term: 1, Week: 10

A.S. 91505 v2
Physical Education 3.8 - Examine contemporary leadership principles applied in physical activity contexts
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Term: 3, Week: 8
Term: 2, Week: 8

A.S. 91789 v2
Physical Education 3.9 - Devise strategies for a physical activity outcome
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Term: 1, Week: 9
Term: 3, Week: 9

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 15
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 7
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 7
Total Numeracy Credits: 4

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 15

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.