Year 11 – Outdoor Education

Length: Single semester (10 credits)
Contact: Health & Physical Education Leader

Recommended Background

Advantage: Successful completion of Year 10 Health and Physical Education.

Course Description

Stage 1 Students study Outdoor Education over a single semester. The study of Outdoor Education provides students with opportunities to experiences personal growth and to develop social skills, self-confidence, self-reliance, initiative, leadership, and collaboration skills. Students learn about environmental sustainability and cultural perspectives. Students develop skills in risk management, navigation and camp craft.

Activities include a Bushwalking skills day, a 3-day Bushwalking Camp and 2x Rock-Climbing Skills days. Students also participate in First Aid Training.

Students participate in two different outdoor activity practicals. The first practical focuses on skill development in outdoor recreational activities and could include an activity such as Rock Climbing. Students then plan for, participate in and reflect on a 3-day bush walking journey that enhances their outdoor recreational skills and environmental awareness. Students then record, reflect and evaluate their experiences.


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A to E will be used for reporting purposes. Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

• Environmental Issues Investigation
• Perspectives of the Natural Environment Presentation
• 2x Planning Documentation and Reflective Reports of Experiences in Natural Environments.

Note: As the course does involve external activities there is a requirement to charge an additional cost of $200 to cover subject related expenses. No refunds will be given if a student withdraws from the course or does not attend a camp or excursion without a medical certificate. This is due to costs being calculated and bookings made for each activity before the semester starts.

Students choosing this course must be prepared to fully commit themselves to the various activities and journeys involved in Outdoor Education. They will be accountable to themselves and to the class for appropriate participation and completion of these activities.

Leads To

Stage 2 – Outdoor Education