Year 11
Year 11
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VCE Outdoor Education and Environment Studies Units 1 & 2

Outdoor and Environment Studies is a study of the relationship humans have with the outdoor environment.  Students will experience recreational activities in outdoor settings that have characteristics of natural environments and evidence of human intervention.  The experiences provide the basis of comparison and opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in classroom and practical settings.

The course aims to

  • Provide the skills and knowledge necessary to
  • Safely participate in activities in outdoor
  • Environments so that the environment is
  • Respected and appreciated by the
  • Participants. Develop student’s awareness of
  • Outdoor environments including effects of
  • Human impact, the need for conservation, and
  • Different relationships humans have with their
  • Environment Encourage cooperation, responsibility,
  • Organisation and initiative in students.

Although we endeavour to minimise costs, students choosing this subject must be prepared to pay a substantial fee.  Students electing to do Units 1 and 2 will need to pay approximately $300 per unit.  Students doing Units 3 and 4 will need to pay approximately $300 per unit.  It should be noted that most costs incurred in this subject are covered by this fee.

For their money students receive expert instruction, equipment hire, bus travel and accommodation.  The school also provides tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags (if necessary), billies, tranjiars, gas stoves etc.

We believe the costs in doing Outdoor and Environmental Studies are far outweighed by the experiences and exposure to the outdoors that our students achieve.  This course offers activities that most students would otherwise never have the opportunity to take part in at a cost well below what they would have to pay outside of school.


Understanding Nature

This unit examines the ways in which humans understand and relate to nature in the context of outdoor environments.  The unit focuses on human nature relationships, different understandings of nature and different types of outdoor environments.  It also develops an understanding through practical experiences and investigation of particular outdoor environments.

Main Activities

  • Comprehensive swimming program and snorkelling practice at local pool
  • Snorkelling with the seals at Pope’s Eye in Port Phillip Bay
  • Three rock climbing sessions at Nunawading Climbing Gym
  • Three day rock climbing camp at Mt. Arapiles
  • Horse Riding


Environmental Impacts

This unit focuses on human-related impacts on natural environments at local, regional and state levels.  It includes historical and contemporary analysis of human conceptions of nature and human interactions with nature, including nature’s impact on humans.  Outdoor recreation provides the major focus for studying this impact, as well as the ecological, social and economic implications of human impact on the environment.

Main Activities

  • Fitness/circuit classes
  • Ice-skating/roller blading on St. Kilda Esplanade
  • Two day downhill skiing trip at Mt. Buller
  • Day walk
  • Three half day surfing sessions