Program length and deliveryFirst year of the diploma in outdoor and adventure education multiskilled
- 34 weeks including 4 weeks breaks.
- Monday to Thursday on campus 9 AM to 4 PM
- Fridays off (self directed study)
- mid year break is two weeks plus two mid semester breaks (Do not always coincide with school holidays)
- no coursework during weekends
- fortnightly weeks will include overnight trips and some days may include later finishes
- students are encouraged to participate in personal trips gaining experience over the duration of the course
- Demonstrate technical competency and judgment across a range of outdoor activities while operating in familiar and unfamiliar outdoor environments.
- Integrate principles of health, physical and psychological performance to enhance competent and safe participation for self and others in a range of outdoor activities.
- Role model and integrate the principles of kaitiakitanga, sustainability and environmental action while operating in a range of outdoor contexts.
- Role model respect for the tikanga and kawa of local iwi and/or hapū and other cultural groups while operating in a range of outdoor contexts.
- Apply teaching, learning and leadership theories and practices to programmes of learning and skill development that meet the needs of participants in outdoor activities.
- Plan, prepare and instruct or guide participants in a range of outdoor activities while maintaining safe, ethical and professional practice in familiar and unfamiliar outdoor environments.
- Instruct or guide a range of outdoor activities that are consistent with the safety management system of an organisation, including being able to assess and manage an emergency care situation in an isolated location.
Why This CourseThere are two overarching outcomes that will be achieved during this course
- The development of skills knowledge and experience in order to pursue a vocation and contribute to the economic growth of the outdoor education outdoor recreation and adventure tourism sectors
- The development of yourself, in order to engage in future purposeful and meaningful personal, environmental, social, economic and cultural heath
Who is it for?
- You know you are passionate and enthusiastic about being in the outdoors and would love to learn the skills and gain the knowledge to be able to develop future career options
- You want to learn about outdoor instruction techniques and skills, learn about safety management systems within organisations and how to run safe and enjoyable and meaningful outdoor experiences for others
- Learn about and apply teaching pedagogy, leadership theory, program design and reflective skills
- You want a course that will get you ready to work on exciting sector including work experience in building networks with future employers for the study
Develop experience and skills
- BushCraft and Survival
- Weather Interpretation
- Environmental Education and Leave no Trace
- Sea Kayaking
- mountain bike
- High Ropes
- Risk Management
- Adventure Based Learning (ABL)
- Outdoor First Aid
- Leadership in the Outdoors
- Work Experience
- Self awareness and the development of healthy mental physical and emotional autonomy, self-determination and self responsibility
- Develop an understanding of yourself in the context of groups.
- Understand how you both influence and are being influenced by the group in a participant and leadership context
- Develop a connection with the natural environment that deepens the understanding and appreciation of an environment within the context of environmental, social and cultural values
- enrollment criteria 2022
AcademicBased on your school achievement (secondary school study)
- 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
- Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 2;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.
Citizenship/ResidencyThe funding that we receive subsidises 'valid domestic enrolments' unfortunately, if you are not New Zealand Australian resident or citizen we are unable to unroll you in this course
You must provide an original or certified copy of one or more of the
A New Zealand Citizen
- a New Zealand birth certificate; or
- a New Zealand passport; or
- a New Zealand certificate of citizenship; or
A New Zealand Resident
a) a passport with a current returning residency class visa (a passport with a visa label); or
b) a passport, and letter or email, confirming current returning residency class visa (label-less visa, followed by confirmation with Immigration New Zealand, where appropriate); or
c) a certificate of identity from Immigration New Zealand if the student is a refugee.
An Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident currently residing in New Zealand
a) an Australian birth certificate issued before 20 August 1986; or
b) an Australian passport; or
c) a passport with a current Australian resident return vis
Selection criteriaCandidates are required in their applications to indicate whether they have had a physical or mental condition. Candidates should be aware that some types of physical or mental conditions may prevent them from participating in physical elements of the programme and/or work experience placements.
Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.
- Candidates will also be required to:
- Have a level of fitness sufficient to fulfill the practical requirements of the programme.
- In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all 'specified organisations' providing a 'regulated service', all candidates will be subjected to safety checks. These will include, but are not limited to:
- A formal interview
- Referee checks
- A police vet check
- A risk assessment
English language requirementsCandidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.
Weekly structureEach week will include a combination of classroom and outdoor learning. The classroom work will be based in Mt Albert and the outdoor activity learning will be in Auckland/Northland and Waikato regions. We will provide transport for off-site events.
Work experienceDuring the course students will have the opportunity to build networks, relationships and greater understanding of work opportunities that are available through practical industry-based work experience. Students are encouraged to seek and arrange work experience businesses and activities that they have a personal interest in. You will be supported by the course coordinator to achieve the best outcome. Future employers in this region are supportive of this program and encourage students to participate in work experience. The work experience is included as part of the course completion.
EquipmentWe provide all the specialist equipment including
- Sea kayaks
- Mountain bikes
- Camping equipment such as tent and gas cooker
- Rock Climbing equipment
You will need the following items within four weeks of the beginning of the course
- Fleece, wool or poly-pro clothing
- Three-four season sleeping bag and sleeping mat
- Large pack (approx. 65 Litres or larger)
- Waterproof raincoat/jacket with hood
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
- Head torch and batteries
You will need the items below within eight weeks of the beginning of the year.
- Lots of fleece, wool, or polypro clothing
- Day pack
- Hiking boots (minimum 3 seasons, suitable for bush and mountain)
- Gloves and hat
- Small personal first aid kit
- Spoon, mug, bowl etc
TransportIt is your responsibility to get yourself to our campus on course days
Accessing our campus is easy. We are an eight minute walk from the Mount Albert train station and bus stops on Carrington Road opposite our building.
We provide transport for the activities during the course.
Course Related CostsCourse related costs covered are:
- Transport to and from off-site events (transport departs from AdventureWorks, students must get themselves to AdventureWorks each day).
- The use of technical equipment
- Accommodation during off-site events.
Course related costs that you will need to pay for include:
- Clothing that students need to provide for yourself (see the Equipment List below for what AdventureWorks can provide).
- Food during all activities.
- Transport to and from AdventureWorks.
- Step 1
Check that you meet Entry Criteria
Complete the Enrolment form
After you compete the form we will Check that you have provided the relevant relation for us to turn that you are eligible for enrolment.
Then we will contact you and arrange a time to come in for an interview (or online)
Course offers will be issued and confirmed before the 1st November.
If you do not get an application in before the 1st of November or get an application in but are not successful, you will go on a waitlist
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