Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

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Share your love of outdoor recreation and nature with others.

Help people experience the joy of nature and promote active lifestyles.

Note: this program does not qualify you to teach in schools. If you want to qualify as a teacher, consider USC’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
Refer to the program footnotes
Semester 1 or 2
Program length (full-time)
3 years
Annual tuition fee 2022
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2022 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 013261
  • Moreton Bay 014261
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 52.00 Rank - 52
USC program code
Semester 1 or 2
3 years full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
Health and Physical Education
Recommended prior preparation
It is recommended that students obtain First Aid and CPR certificates.
Total courses
Total units

Help people experience the joy of nature and promote active lifestyles.

The first of its kind in Queensland, this program teaches you the skills to work with people, engaging them in more active lifestyles and helping them to connect with and appreciate nature. This program gives you a broad, versatile education in health and physical education, outdoor environmental studies, and sports coaching.

In this program you will:

  • attend more than 25 outdoor environmental studies fieldwork days in the Sunshine Coast area, including Fraser Island.
  • study an innovative four-course minor culminating with an expedition and leadership experiences.
  • learn to coach a range of sports, recreational activities, adventure activities, and outdoor environmental education activities and develop your expertise in experiential, active learning and teaching strategies.
  • become equipped with the skills, knowledge, and experience to journey safely with participants in a range of natural environments and to study the relationships that humans have with nature.
  • tailor your studies to your personal interests and career ambitions by selecting from a wide range of elective courses in complementary areas such as tourism, leisure and event management, restoration and conservation, indigenous studies, marine science or sustainability.
Post-admission requirements

Students need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the program. If they have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect their potential participation in some of the practical components of the program, they are invited to discuss their options with the program coordinator.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you can pursue work with secondary schools, private colleges, outdoor/environmental education centres, universities or private companies/businesses.

  • Outdoor leader

  • Outdoor guide

  • Sports coach

  • Outdoor recreation officer

  • Environmental interpretation guide

  • Adventure tourism guide

  • Ecotourism guide


Potential registration with the National Outdoor Recreation Leadership Scheme.

What will I study?

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