About sustainability and outdoor education
Outdoor activities and pursuits are almost an international obsession in New Zealand. With thousands of New Zealanders and tourists taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings every year, sustaining our landscapes and ourselves within the bounds of a society and tourism industry that thrives on sporting actions, thrills and adventure is no small task.
Share your passion for sustainability, knowledge of geography and outdoor education and their relationship to our health and well-being. A career as an outdoor instructor, adventure or eco-tourism guide, ski/snowboard instructor, conservation worker or environmental educator will provide you with broad opportunities both here and overseas.
Studying sustainability and outdoor education
Well regarded for delivering high end applied programmes, our education professionals have extensive sector experience and are passionate about their role in helping you learn. They know the demands of working in this field and share their knowledge, experience and industry connections to ensure you have substantial training hours both on and off-campus.
Our qualifications provide you with the opportunity to gain industry qualifications or participate in an internship as part of the programme.
You can choose to study a range of programmes, from certificate level courses through to our graduate qualifications. Subjects on offer include outdoor recreation, skiing and snowboarding instruction, sustainability and outdoor education, and environmental and outdoor leadership.
In New Zealand, the Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education is the only outdoor education degree that includes sustainability as a major component.
Programme code: CH4032 Level: 7 Credits: 120 Starts: February, July
Gain advanced professional development in sustainability and outdoor education with our graduate diploma qualifying you to teach others how to appreciate and explore the natural world.
Programme code: CH4025 Level: 7 Credits: 360 Starts: February, July
Our three year degree is unlike any other offered in New Zealand, giving you the confidence to share your passion for sustainability and knowledge of our geography, outdoor education and its relation to our health and wellbeing.
Programme code: CH4024 Level: 5 Credits: 120 Starts: February, July
With our unique qualification exploring concepts of ' environmental interpretation' you will discover the varied ecosystems and climates that are at work in our stunning natural landscapes and develop the critical skills you need for an exciting career in tourism, education or conservation.
Programme code: CH4031 Level: 7 Credits: 60 Starts: February, July
Fine tune and strengthen your leadership skills for guiding others in outdoor environments and activities with our graduate programme.
Programme Code: CH4032 Level: 7 Credits: 120 Starts: February, July
Programme Code: CH4025 Level: 7 Credits: 360 Starts: February, July
Programme Code: CH4024 Level: 5 Credits: 120 Starts: February, July
Programme Code: CH4031 Level: 7 Credits: 60 Starts: February, July
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