Key information

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Study mode

Online; On campus
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Campus locations

Albury-Wodonga, Port Macquarie
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Duration

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
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Admission information

7000
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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 2; Session 1; Session 2 201760; 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

Study mode

Online; On campus

Campus locations

Albury-Wodonga, Port Macquarie
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU's highly regarded course has been training rangers for more than 30 years. With the continued involvement of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to develop the degree, our curriculum is focused on teaching the key skills park managers require: strong understanding of different environments and the ability to communicate with people using these environments.

CSU's expertise

Learning under dedicated academic staff with extensive experience, you'll graduate with the knowledge, skills, habits and professional networks needed for a successful career.

Practical and rewarding experience

This degree emphasises real-world experiences, field studies and vocationally focused training. You will have opportunities to undertake field experiences in areas such as the Australian Alps, Mungo National Park and Phillip Island, Victoria.

Ideal location

Students studying on campus will have an ideal base for their studies. Albury-Wodonga is a dynamic and expanding campus, recognised for its innovative design and leadership in environmentally sustainable development. The Port Macquarie campus is located in close proximity to North Coast national parks, significant Indigenous and cultural heritage, high biodiversity, diverse landforms, vegetation communities, fisheries and coastal habitats.

Tailor your studies

CSU allows you to customise your study program and choose from one of three specialisations.

The Wildlife and Conservation specialisation provides cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of biodiversity.

The Indigenous and Cultural Heritage specialisation provides cognitive and technical skills in managing and conserving cultural heritage and working with Indigenous communities.

The Visitor Services and Open Space specialisation develops cognitive and technical skills in the planning and delivery of tourism opportunities and visitor education programs.

Flexible study options

CSU allows you to combine study modes or vary your subject choice to meet your other commitments. CSU also offers a limited range of subjects in Session 3 so you can fast-track your study program.

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At CSU, you will learn through practical and/or field experience. You will complete practical, real-world assessment tasks as well as undertake field trips so you can learn the skills that environmental managers or rangers need. Placement opportunities in Australia range from the Tasmanian wilderness to Australia's far north.

CSU works in close association with industry, professions and government to ensure courses meet and support industry needs. Learning is contextualised in a way that empowers and motivates students, assisting them to develop key skills and knowledge required for employment, further education and active participation in their communities.

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

Residential schools provide a valuable opportunity to gain practical skills and interact with fellow students, lecturers and professionals in the field.

The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management
PKM366 Site Survey Design
PKM397 Heritage Site Management
PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policies and Planning
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management
ENM101 People and the Environment

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

Careers are highly varied and provide exciting challenges. You could work as a park ranger, a wildlife officer overseeing a conservation program, an interpretive officer conducting outdoor education programs or a specialist in cultural and Indigenous heritage. You could also work for a local government managing parks, grounds and ovals.

Indigenous and Cultural Heritage

Careers include ranger, Indigenous heritage officer, heritage consultant and roles within museums.

Visitor Services and Open Space

Careers include ranger, interpretive officer, open space planner and recreation officer.

Wildlife and Conservation

Careers include botanist, ranger, threatened species officer, wildlife officer and conservation management roles.

Careers are highly varied and provide exciting challenges. You could work as a park ranger, a wildlife officer overseeing a conservation program, an interpretive officer conducting outdoor education programs or a specialist in cultural and Indigenous heritage. You could also work for a local government managing parks, grounds and ovals.

Indigenous and Cultural Heritage

Careers include ranger, Indigenous heritage officer, heritage consultant and roles within museums.

Visitor Services and Open Space

Careers include ranger, interpretive officer, open space planner and recreation officer.

Wildlife and Conservation

Careers include botanist, ranger, threatened species officer, wildlife officer and conservation management roles.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit packages available:

  • NSW & Vic TAFE Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
  • full credit given for the Associate Degree of Applied Science(Parks, Recreation and Heritage).

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
VTAC
Direct
UAC
On campus
Online
Albury-Wodonga
Port Macquarie
CGS
FPOS
YYN
UACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN215351
UACOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYN215350
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSPQ
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISPQ
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSP
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKSPR
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESPQ
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113101
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNN1300113103

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
VTAC
Direct
UAC
On campus
Online
Albury-Wodonga
Port Macquarie
CGS
FPOS
YYN
UACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN215351
UACOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYN215350
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSPQ
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISPQ
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSP
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKSPR
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESPQ
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113101
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNN1300113103

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

James Stewart - Bachelor of Outdoor Education

“I loved that CSU in Albury-Wodonga is a regional city with a relaxed country atmosphere and community that not only teaches environmental sustainability but also lives it, having rammed earth and passive cooling building, and recycled water to be an amazing minimal impact campus.”

James Stewart - Bachelor of Outdoor Education

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The degree comprises 18 core subjects (144 points), a choice of three specialisations (32 points) and 2 subject (16 points) electives

Students may elect to exit with the Associate Degree of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) after the completion of the 16 (128 points) of core subjects

CORE SUBJECTS

BIO112 Principles of Ecology
BIO216 Conservation Biology
BIO262 Vegetation  Ecology
ENM101 People and the Environment
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
ENM163 Natural Resource Mgt
ENM309 Managing of Resources & Projects
ENM422 Env Impact Assessment
GEO164 Earth System Processes
GEO204 Soils and Landscapes
GEO360 Community Engag & Capacity building
PKM260 Planning Env Ed and Interpretation
PKM266 Cultural and Heritage
REC 205 Open Space Planning
REC167 Rec Leadership and Comm
REC200  Principles of Ecotourism
SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
SPA215 Principles of GIS

Specialisation

Students must complete at least one of these 32 point minors:

Wildlife and Conservation
32 points from the following:
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management (16 points)
BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16 points)
BIO263 Methods for Environmental Data Analysis
BIO312 Landscape Ecology
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
ENM310 The Principles and Practice of Field Ecology
BIO439 Behavioural Ecology

Indigenous and Cultural Heritage
32 points from the following:
PKM397 Heritage Site Management (16 points)
PKM398 Cultural Heritage Policy and Planning (16 points)
PKM366 Site Survey Design
BMS342 Medicinal and Indigenous Foods

Visitor Services and Open Space Management
32 points from the following:
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk
PKM302 Philosophy of Outdoor Education
PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism

AND
 Two electives from any of the above listed subjects

Note students can decrease the length of time it takes to do the degree by taking some of the limited number of subjects that are available in summer (session 90).

Full-time Pattern
Year 1
Session 1

SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
ENM101 People and the Environment
REC167 Leadership and Communication

Session 2
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
GEO164 Earth System Processes
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism 

Session 3It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.  Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

Year 2
Session 1

PKM260 Environmental Education and Interpretation
GEO204 Soils and Landscapes
SPA215 Principles of GIS
Specialisation OR Elective (REC205 for the Associate degree)

Session 2
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
GEO360 Community Engagement
Specialisation OR Elective sequence (ENM309 for the Associate degree)

Session 3
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

Students can exit with the Associate Degree at this point if  their electives are REC205 and ENM309

Year 3
Session 1

BIO216 Conservation Biology
REC205 Open Space Planning
Specialisation OR Elective sequence
Specialisation OR Elective sequence

Session 2
ENM422 Env Impact Assessment
ENM309 Environmental Management Administration and Practice
Specialisation OR Elective sequence
Specialisation OR Elective sequence

Part Time
Year 1
Session 1

SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice

Session 2
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
GEO164 Earth System Processes

Session 3
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

Year 2
Session 1

ENM101 People and the Environment
REC167 Recreation Leadership and Communication

Session 2
ENM163 Natural Resource Management
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism

Session 3
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.  Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

Year 3
Session 1

PKM260 Environmental Education and Interpretation
GEO204 Soils and Landscapes

Session 2
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology

Session 3
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.  Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

Year 4
Session 1

SPA215 Principles of GIS
Specialisation OR Elective (REC205 for the Associate degree)

Session 2
GEO360 Community Engagement
Specialisation OR Elective sequence (ENM309 for the Associate degree)

Session 3
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester. Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

Students can exit with the Associate Degree at this point.

Year 5
Session 1

BIO216 Conservation Biology
REC205 Open Space Planning

Session 2
Specialisation OR Elective sequence
Specialisation OR Elective sequence

Session 3
It is optional for students to undertake studies in this semester.  Students should look at subject availability list for specific details.

Year 6
Session 1

Specialisation OR Elective sequence
Specialisation OR Elective sequence

Session 2
ENM422 Env Impact Assessment
ENM309 Environmental Management Administration and Practice

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

Check the full list of application dates open_in_new

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