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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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 outdoor recreation and ecotourism degree combines skills and knowledge in outdoor recreation and education with foundational knowledge of physical, biological and social sciences. Studies of the natural environment and tourism are underpinned by a strong focus on sustainability and visitor experience.

Practical and rewarding experience

This degree focuses strongly on field instruction and real-world situations. You'll have opportunities to undertake expeditions to areas such as the Australian Alps, Mungo National Park and Phillip Island, Victoria. You could also complete practical placements anywhere from the Tasmanian wilderness to Australia's far north.

Ideal location

Both Albury-Wodonga and Port Macquarie campuses have access to national parks, rivers, lakes, hiking and mountain bike trails, caves and cliffs. CSU Albury also utilises the local alpine environment, whereas CSU Port Macquarie has access to marine and coastal environments.

Our expertise

CSU is one of the few universities to be ranked as 'above world standard' in environmental science and management in the Australian Government's evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences is among the top five schools of its kind in Australia.

Tailor your studies

CSU allows you to customise your degree based on your interests and choose from one of three minors.

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

Wildlife and Conservation minor

is for students seeking to obtain cognitive and technical skills in the conservation and management of biodiversity.

The Outdoor Recreation minor includes the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, delivered in partnership with Wodonga TAFE. As well as studying leadership, recreation and conservation at CSU, you will complete professional training in bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling. Canoeing, ski touring and ski camping, mountain biking, sea kayaking and white water rafting may also be available.

The Outdoor Recreation minor with Wodonga TAFE (RTO 3097) gives you the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised AQF Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (SIS40313).

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Workplace learning at CSU allows you to learn through practical and/or field experience. This gives relevance to what you are learning and enables you to construct your own understanding of the course material. You are also supported in doing professional practice.

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.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

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.

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
BMS438 Clinical Bacteriology
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
BIO203 Animal Diversity
BIO326 Vegetation and Disturbance Management

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.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this nationally and internationally recognised degree, you could work in outdoor education centres, outdoor adventure companies and government organisations. You could conduct outdoor education programs, school camps or sport and fitness programs, or lead tours to wild and remote areas.

Indigenous and Cultural Heritage

Positions include Indigenous heritage officer, park ranger, heritage consultant and museum curator.

Outdoor Recreation (Adventure)

Roles include adventure ecotourism instructor, ecotourism guide or operator, ecotourism and/or outdoor development trainer and environmental educator/consultant.

Wildlife and Conservation

Work as a park ranger, threatened species officer, wildlife officer, botanist or in a conservation management role.

As a graduate of this nationally and internationally recognised degree, you could work in outdoor education centres, outdoor adventure companies and government organisations. You could conduct outdoor education programs, school camps or sport and fitness programs, or lead tours to wild and remote areas.

Indigenous and Cultural Heritage

Positions include Indigenous heritage officer, park ranger, heritage consultant and museum curator.

Outdoor Recreation (Adventure)

Roles include adventure ecotourism instructor, ecotourism guide or operator, ecotourism and/or outdoor development trainer and environmental educator/consultant.

Wildlife and Conservation

Work as a park ranger, threatened species officer, wildlife officer, botanist or in a conservation management role.

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.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) – articulated program

CSU has developed an articulated program with TAFE NSW and Wodonga Institute of TAFE for students who wish to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism). Articulated programs, which enable students to study and complete qualifications at TAFE first and then complete their CSU study, are suited to current and graduate TAFE students, school leavers, those interested in changing careers, or those who work in the industry but have limited formal qualifications.

If you already hold a completed Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation or a Diploma of Outdoor Recreation, you may be eligible to receive credit for your prior study towards the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism). You will then complete a selection of CSU subjects to graduate with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism). The course can be completed in six years of part-time study, or you may be able to study full-time in years three and four to fast-track your degree.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) – TAFE integrated program

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CSU in Albury-Wodonga offers an integrated program in Outdoor Recreation, with a co-enrolment with Wodonga Institute of TAFE, enabling you to graduate with a number of recognised qualifications. The Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) integrated program is designed to enable you to complete TAFE and University study at the same time. Graduates of this course will receive a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in addition to their degree.

For students based at Albury-Wodonga, the CSU components of the course will be delivered at CSU's Albury-Wodonga Campus, and the TAFE components will be taught at the Wodonga TAFE campus and in the surrounding region (depending on the outdoor hands-on activity).

For students based at Port Macquarie, the CSU components of the course will be delivered at CSU's Port Macquarie Campus, and the TAFE components will be delivered by Wodonga TAFE staff situated at Port Macquarie, online delivery, and field activities in the surrounding region (depending on the outdoor hands-on activity).

TAFE-specific scholarships are available for students in this course.If you already have a relevant TAFE qualification, consider the articulated program.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
UACOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYN214390
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSAE
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113181
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNN1300113183
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKSOR
UACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN215051
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISAE
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSAE
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieFPOSYYNISOR
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESAE

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
UACOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYN214390
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJSAE
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113181
VTACOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNN1300113183
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKSOR
UACOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYN215051
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNISAE
DirectOn campusAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNKSAE
DirectOn campusPort MacquarieFPOSYYNISOR
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNESAE

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

Rex McMillan - Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)

"The highlight has to be all of the hands-on trips and excursions. I love the fact that we are actually outside learning, not just in the classroom talking about it."

Rex McMillan - Bachelor of Applied Science (Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism)

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 course consists of

    • Core subjects (144 points; 18 subjects)
    • Minor sequence (32 points; 4 subjects)
    • Two Electives (16 points; 2 subjects)

Core Subjects (144 points)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
GEO164 Earth System Processes
PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
REC167 Leadership and Communication
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
SCI302 International Practical Experience 2

Minor (32 points)
Students must complete a minor of 4 subjects chosen from one of the following groups:

Outdoor Recreation
Students attain the Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation (TAFE qualification) by completing the following 4 subjects (32 points):
REC110 Outdoor Recreation Field Skills 1
REC111 Outdoor Recreation Field Skills 2
REC210 Outdoor Recreation Field Skills 3
REC211 Outdoor Recreation Field Skills 4

Wildlife and Conservation
Select subjects totalling 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
BIO262 Vegetation Ecology
BIO328 Restoration Ecology
BIO216 Conservation Biology
BIO203 Animal Diversity

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

Two Electives (16 points)

Outdoor Recreation Minor

Full time

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
REC167 Leadership and Communication
REC110 Outdoor Recreation Skills 1


Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
GEO164 Earth System Processes
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism
REC111 Outdoor Recreation Skills 2


Year 1 Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake relevant studies in this semester.

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data
REC210 Outdoor Recreation Skills 3


Year 2 Session 2 (60)
ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
REC211 Outdoor Recreation Skills 4


Year 2 Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake relevant studies in this semester.

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
Elective


Year 3 Session 2 (60)
ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
Elective
Students completing the course part-time should follow the pattern by selecting two subjects per semester in the order they are shown.
Distance mode students wishing to complete the Outdoor Recreation Minor should contact the Course Director.


Wildlife and Conservation  OR  Indigenous Culture and Heritage Minor

Full time

Year 1 Session 1 (30)
ENM109 Introduction to Professional Practice
PKM208 An Introduction to Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism
REC167 Leadership and Communication
SCI103 Communicating Environmental Data


Year 1 Session 2 (60)
BIO112 Principles of Ecology
ENM221 Conservation in a Global Context
GEO164 Earth System Processes
REC200 Principles of Ecotourism


Year 1 Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake relevant studies in this semester.

Year 2 Session 1 (30)
PKM230 Social Psychology of Risk in Outdoor Recreation
PKM260 Planning Environmental Education and Interpretation
Minor Selection
Minor selection


Year 2 Session 2 (60)
PKM266 Culture and Heritage
REC302 Interpretive Guiding Management in Ecotourism
Minor Selection
Minor Selection


Year 2 Session 3 (90) - It is optional for students to undertake relevant studies in this semester.

Year 3 Session 1 (30)
PKM363 Shoreline Recreation Management
ENM308 The Challenge of Sustainable Development
PKM364 Outdoor Recreation Design
Elective


Year 3 Session 2 (60)
ENM309 Managing Projects and Resources
PKM302 The Philosophy of Outdoor Education
SCI302 International Practical Experience 2
Elective

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 selecting the Outdoor Recreation minor must satisfactorily complete 192 points including a 32 points specialisation. These specialisations are either:

  • 32 points of credit for completion of the TAFE Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation for the outdoor recreation specialisation.
  • 4 x 8 point subjects for the policy and planning specialisation

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

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing 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

31 Aug 2017
2017 Session 3 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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