NCEA Level 3 Outdoor Education

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr K. Sainsbury

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.

This course provides life-long lessons for students 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A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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
US 19428 Prepare for Sea Kayaking and demonstrate sea kayaking skill in sheltered sea conditions 2 Credits.
Sea Kayaking and Kayak surf landings. Field trip to Kawakawa bay over weekend late Term 1.

32841 Prepare for an overnight outdoor activity 3 credits

Term 2
Kayak surf landings at Papamoa beach, week one term two.

US 32845 Work with others to plan & lead school students in an outdoor activity 3 credits (Amazing race assessment working with the Yr 10 ODE students)
US 32850 Participate in and evaluate a self-contained multi-day trip in an outdoor context 3 credits (tramping assessment)
32836 Weather patterns, survival skills and navigation 3 credits
AS 91504 analyse issues in safety management L3, V2 3 credits.
White water rafting Field Trip July - Kaituna river

Term 3
US 20817 Demonstrate Mountain Bike skills on Grade 3 Terrain L3 2 credits
field trips to Craters mountain bike park and Rotorua (redwoods) bike park.
US 32876 Demonstrate knowledge of weather processes and weather conditions for outdoor recreation in New Zealand L3 3 credits

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


Health and Physical Education

Assessment Policy & Procedures
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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

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.