Outdoor Education - Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: 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.

  • Skiing / Snow Boarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hillary Outdoors Macpac Rogaine series
  • Fishing and Surf Camp - Whangamata

Course Overview

Term 1
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 Hillary Outdoors Rogaine series event. This involves them completing a course where they need to map read, complete challenges and run around a set course at McLaren's Falls, Tauranga.

Term 2
The students look into aspects of safety management in the outdoors and look at how these impact on the group completing the Timber trail on mountain bikes (AS3.7 - 3 credits). The boys then complete this two day 75km journey in early April. 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 3
Leadership in the outdoors is the theme of term 3 (AS 3.8 - 4 credits). The students look at contemporary styles of leadership and utilise these styles in two outdoors activities. They have a mountain biking camp to the redwoods and a snow-based trip to Mount Ruapehu - where they work in groups with everyone taking on and assuming a leadership role. On return from these camps, 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, skiing, snowboarding or another sport/s they complete when representing the school.

Term 4
Revision and extension

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$795 Camps & Field-trips


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.

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:

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91789 v2 Physical Education 3.9 - Devise strategies for a physical activity outcome
Term: 1, Week: 9
A.S. 91505 v2 Physical Education 3.8 - Examine contemporary leadership principles applied in physical activity contexts
Term: 3, Week: 8
4r *
A.S. 91504 v2 Physical Education 3.7 - Analyse issues in safety management for outdoor activity to devise safety management strategies
Term: 2, Week: 4
A.S. 91501 v2 Physical Education 3.4 - Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting
Term: 3, Week: 5
Total Credits
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.

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

Pathway Tags

Outdoor Leader, Work in the Adventure Tourism Sector, Ski / Snow Board instructor, Mountain Bike guide, Outdoor Education Centre work, Outdoor Education teacher, Dive instructor, Navy Diver, Outward Bound instructor, Outdoor Recreation Sector.

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