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Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education

STARTS: February 2022
Madras Street
International Close Date: 19 Dec

Gain advanced professional development with a holistic approach in education for sustainability and outdoor education.

This one-year full time graduate programme combines theory and practice for advanced professional development for established teachers, outdoor educators and instructors or retraining opportunities for graduates or other degrees.

The programme consists of a mixture of compulsory and elective courses, some of which can done by distance learning. You will learn how to implement sustainable practice, journey-based environmental science, contemporary issues in sustainability and outdoor education, resource management, practical skill development and instruction and a course that focuses on the topic of your choosing. This allows you to maintain a broad base to your study, complemented by elective practical and theory courses allowing for personal interests and strengths to be developed.

You will be required to participate in a number of field trips to locations outside Christchurch and off campus. Personal clothing and equipment are required and a list will be provided on request. Specialist equipment is provided.

Please check with programme leader for course availability.

Applicants for this programme must already hold a Bachelor Degree.

Part-time up to 3 years.

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,300 - $8,100 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$23,260 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

A Bachelor's degree

  • Or appropriate, documented and verifiable evidence (including references) of relevant work or other experience, equivalent to three years full time in the outdoor education instruction or similar area.

In addition you need to:

Declare any convictions against the law prior to starting the programmes and complete sections 2 and 3 of the New Zealand Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form.

  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate at the time the programme starts. First Aid training can be completed through St John or Red Cross
  • Be capable of swimming a minimum of 50 metres, be able to carry a full overnight tramping pack on multi day trips and ride a bicycle.
  • You will need access to all personal equipment and clothing for activities (recommended list provided to applicants).

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

On successful completion of this programme you will be able to return to your employment with an enhanced understanding of contemporary practice; or seek new opportunities teaching social studies and outdoor education. Work in the fields of outdoor instruction, environmental education, adventure or eco-tourism, community health, recreation and conservation are also open to you with this graduate diploma.

Study pathways

You could further your studies with postgraduate programmes such a Master's degree.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical education
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Social Studies

Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Gain advanced professional development with a holistic approach in education for sustainability and outdoor education.

Information
Type Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Code CH4032
Next Starts February 2022
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 19 Dec
Credits 120
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised before enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH4032-STRU

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,300 - $8,100 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$23,260 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to:

Declare any convictions against the law prior to starting the programmes and complete sections 2 and 3 of the New Zealand Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form.

  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate at the time the programme starts. First Aid training can be completed through St John or Red Cross
  • Be capable of swimming a minimum of 50 metres, be able to carry a full overnight tramping pack on multi day trips and ride a bicycle.
  • You will need access to all personal equipment and clothing for activities (recommended list provided to applicants).

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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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