NCEA Level 3 Outdoor Education

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr K. Sainsbury

This course provides life-long lessons for student by increasing self-esteem, resilience, organisational and communication skills. Year 13 Outdoor Education offers a wide range of opportunities that take advantage of the world class outdoor environment that Taupo has to offer. The main pursuits that will be taught are bush, tramping, survival skills and sea kayaking. After our students have had time to learn how to manage themselves, they will have opportunity to take a junior outdoor education group for an outdoor education experience with our students as the instructors.
This course is a platform for preparing students who are interested in developing themselves and who want a stepping stone to further education in the adventure tourism industry.
This is a practical course that involves one weekend away on a trip and various school days throughout the year. It is compulsory that students attend all field trips.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
Sea Kayaking and Kayak surf landings. Field trip to Kawakawa bay over weekend late Term 1.
10 Credits

Term 2
Kayak surf landings at Papamoa beach, week one term two.
Us 468 ABL - 6 credits. Working on leadership with our Year 10 ODE classes. Complete adventure race week 4 term 2.
Bush walking and bush craft field trip - 5 Credits. Completed at Tongariro national park over 3 days Late term 2.
White water rafting Field Trip July - Kaituna river

Term 3
Safety in the outdoor assessment based on Mangatepopo tragedy - 4 credits In class assessment
Mountain biking skills - 5 Credits field trips to Craters mountain bike park and Rotorua (redwoods) bike park.

Term 4
No assessment done in Term 4. Catch up's on Book work etc

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is recommended that students pay the course costs of approximately $240.

Recommended Prior Learning

Successful applicants will be expected to be physically fit and willing and able to participate in a number of different activities.
Successfully completed Year 12 Outdoor Education or Year 12 Physical Education, or at the discretion of the Head of Faculty.

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
U.S. 468 v5 Assist in facilitation of an adventure based learning programme for the development of the participants
U.S. 19428 v2 Prepare for sea kayaking and demonstrate sea kayaking skills in sheltered sea conditions
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U.S. 26246 v1 Demonstrate mountain biking knowledge and skills
U.S. 26249 v1 Demonstrate bush-walking knowledge and skills
A.S. 91504 v2 Physical Education 3.7 - Analyse issues in safety management for outdoor activity to devise safety management strategies
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3r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 3

* 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: 29 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 29 credits.

Pathway Tags

Physical Education: Teaching, Fitness Industry, Sports Coaching, Sport and Recreation, Armed Forces, Police, Personal Trainer, Physiotherapist Health: Nursing, Medicine, Law, Politics, Social Sciences, Education, Diversional Therapist, Psychologist, Acupuncturist, Ambulance Officer, Anaesthetist, Biomedical Engineer, Chiropractor, Clinical Coder, Community Karitane, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dental Technician, Dental Therapist, Dentist, Diagnostic Radiologist, Dietitian, Dispensing Optician, Environmental Health Officer, General Practitioner, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Health Promoter, Massage Therapist, Midwife, Natural Health Therapist, Nursing Support and Care Worker, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Osteopath, Pathologist, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Physician


It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.