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What will I learn?

As the only degree of its kind in SA, the Bachelor of Outdoor and Environmental Leadership combines foundational environmental science and outdoor leadership concepts to equip future Outdoor Education professionals with a unique set of skills and knowledge.

This industry-relevant degree provides the foundational skills and knowledge for a rewarding career in nature-based tourism, environmental interpretation, education, adventure therapy or adventure-based leadership. Develop the reflective, evaluative and critical-thinking skills required to implement and lead culturally aware and environmentally sustainable outdoor experiences.

You will complete more than 400 hours of practical experience working directly with industry, including outdoor fieldwork, peer leadership and experiential learning.

Align your studies with your interests, with the opportunity to study a major in ecosystem sciences or select courses in the areas of community engagement and sustainability, management, counselling and interpersonal skills, Aboriginal cultures and biology.

What you'll learn

You will explore an integrated range of industry-relevant topics balancing core concepts of bioscience and social science. Develop foundational knowledge in key areas such as biodiversity, sustainable ecosystems, caring for country, coastal environments and Earth systems.

In your final year, you will strengthen your understanding of professional practice, advanced environmental science, as well as specialised management skills fostering your transition into the workforce.

In addition to placement opportunities within leading industry environments, you will apply your learned skills through intensive fieldwork including:

leading an introductory kayaking or canoeing experience for UniSA students
planning and implementing a four-day experiential learning program for more than 200 participants
conducting interpretive experiences such as a ‘Water Workshop’ at a primary school
undertaking a week-long immersive field trip including a day of service learning in areas such as the Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area.

Develop in-demand research skills alongside world-class researchers during your degree, focussing on areas such as species study, laboratory analysis of soils and contamination, sampling and field-based data collection, and critical analysis of human-nature interactions.

Which department am I in?

UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance



Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
A$35,300.00 (19,20,566) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023


City East Campus

Corner of North Terrace and Frome Rd,


South Australia,

5001, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma IB Grade average of 26. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing); TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

For international students

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for admission:

Recent secondary education

Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent


Qualify for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), and achieved a competitive Selection Rank (ATAR), or

Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or

Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points

Applicants who have not achieved the Selection Rank required for automatic selection may be selected for any remaining places based on the grades of their year 12 subjects.


Higher education study

Successfully completed equivalent to a minimum of half a year of full-time study of a higher education program at a recognised higher education provider


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organization at Certificate IV or above


Recent secondary education

Completed a secondary education qualification equivalent to SACE, such as an interstate year 12 or international qualification

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 6.0; TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of South Australia (UniSA)

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