Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education

La Trobe University

You'll study in the bush, on rivers and in alpine environments with this practical three-year degree. You can major in either outdoor recreation or natural resources education, building confidence in the outdoors through fieldwork experience in both areas. The outdoor recreation major emphasises environmental and social responsibility. You'll study leadership and safety in outdoor environments, and gain 160 days of field trip experience. You could choose electives including bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and paddling, which will develop their knowledge of the Bendigo region, the Victorian Alps, the Grampians and the Murray River system. The natural resources education major promotes a deep understanding of ecology and the cultural and natural history of the alpine, woodland, coastal and river environments of south-eastern Australia. This major offers 50 days of field trip experience.

Course Fee:

International: $91,200

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; 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.


Students must complete 360 credit points. The outdoor recreation education major focuses on basic concepts in environmental studies, giving students a theoretical and practical understanding of outdoor education. In second year students of this major will experience bush, rock, river and alpine environments, and learn about safety and leadership in the outdoors.

Subjects you can Study:

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; Recreation; Resource / Environmental Management

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 potential participation in some of the practical components of the course, they are invited to discuss options with the course coordinator.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bendigo No info No Full time 3 years
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In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

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Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

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