Certificate in Foundation Studies (Sustainability and Outdoor Education Pathway).xml Certificate in Foundation Studies (Sustainability and Outdoor Education Pathway)

Qualifications and courses Study options
Outdoor Education - 2014

Programme1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Qualification name

Certificate in Foundation Studies (Sustainability and Outdoor Education Pathway) Please enquire

Programme code




Ara credits




Domestic Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru

For more information

Email liaison@ara.ac.nz

Programme Content

Explore sustainability and related issues through a variety of outdoor learning experiences.

This programme explores sustainable actions with a focus on outdoor leadership. Through a variety of individual and team challenges, group discussions and councils that become increasingly student-led, you'll become familiar with and confident in critical thinking and decision-making. Activities that you'll participate in during the programme include habitat restoration, tramping and navigation, snorkelling and surfing.

The Level 3 course is a full year of study, occurring one full day per week. You are offered 22 credits for the year from five achievement standards, all of which qualify for University Entrance.

Programme Credits

NZQF credits in the table below are awarded to you on completion of this programme. These credits contribute to achieving your NCEA qualification. In some instances you may also receive Ara credits. Ara credits are tertiary study credits that can be used to enter further study at tertiary level in New Zealand. Please note the number of Ara and NZQF credits are unrelated and may be different.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • To enrol you must be in Year 11, 12 or 13 at secondary school. You must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.
    Some programmes require a minimum age of 16. Please enquire.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English isn't your first language, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart or contact us for an assessment.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application Documents

Career opportunities

Study pathways

This general course prepares you for further tertiary study in any subject area where a knowledge of sustainability is important.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits Level 4 Credits
91501 Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting 2 4 4
90828 Evaluate a personal action that contributes towards a sustainable future 3 6 6
91735 Evaluate measures that may be taken to sustain and/or improve a biophysical environment 1 4 4
91505 Examine contemporary leadership principles applied in physical activity contexts 2 4 4
91411 Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an earth and space science context 2 4 4