Stage 2 | Subject outline | Outdoor Education Stage 2 version control

Outdoor Education Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024
Accredited in August 2019 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2020. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Assessment design criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by:

  • teachers to clarify for the student what they need to learn
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for students to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers and assessors look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject the assessment design criteria are:

  • planning and application
  • evaluation and reflective practice
  • exploration, understanding, and analysis.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject. 

Planning and Application  

The specific features are as follows:

PA1 Planning and application of responsibilities, leadership, and risk-management strategies to participate in safe and sustainable outdoor activities and journeys.

Evaluation and Reflective Practice 

The specific features are as follows:

ERP1 Evaluation and reflective practice of planning, leadership, and collaborative skills in natural environments.
ERP2 Evaluation and reflective practice of the development and application of practical outdoor skills.
ERP3 Evaluation and reflection of personal experiences and connections in natural environments.

Exploration, Understanding, and Analysis  

The specific features are as follows: 

EUA1 Exploration and understanding of the interaction of humans and natural environments, considering a range of perspectives.
EUA2 Analysis of environmental systems and issues, and the sustainability of natural environments.
EUA3 Exploration of personal connections with natural environments that enhance personal development and/or strategies for environmental sustainability.