OV has been working hard to support VCE OES teachers by coordinating a full rewrite of Cambridge Checkpoints for the new VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies 2018 Study Design. Now is the perfect time to get this on your VCE booklist for next year.

A big shout out and congratulations to the author team of Josh Ambrosy, Jessica Harris, Adam Hipwell and Brendan Hodges for their wonderful work on this project.

Cambridge Checkpoints VCE 2018, Victoria’s most popular study guides, are updated regularly to incorporate recent official VCE exams and changes to the VCE, providing the most up-to-date exam preparation available.

The Outdoor and Environmental Studies Units 3&4 2018-2022 has been updated and will be available for purchase from December 15, 2017

Digital support with QuizMeMore

A digital resource has been designed as a companion to the Checkpoints printed study guide, offering a host of additional auto or self-marking questions to help students prepare for their VCE exams. This portable study option provides the flexibility to revise and prepare for end-of-year examinations using a laptop or tablet device.

You will be able to Access QuizMeMore through Cambridge GO using the access code provided with the book.

Preface by the Chair of Outdoors Victoria, Mark Dingle

It was reported recently that Aboriginal people have been living on this continent for more than 65,000 years. This was reported as a scientific ‘discovery’ – watch for that word in your studies – and yet Aboriginal people will remind you that thousands of generations have lived here and brought the stories and songs of this place to life; this was not news to them.

Through your VCE studies you have an opportunity to explore and begin to understand this place and more specifically, that place that we call ‘the outdoors’. A place that is home to the oldest continuing culture on earth. Places that invite exploration, adventure and reflection. Places where stories from thousands of generations come together with the stories you create in your journey this year and beyond.

VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies and this text are a reference point in this exploration.

As the Chair of Outdoors Victoria, the peak body representing and supporting professionals who work in the fields of outdoor education, outdoor recreation, nature based tourism and bush adventure therapy, we welcome you to this community of passionate people who have the privilege of working outdoors. We offer advice and leadership for the outdoor community and invite you to subscribe via our website and one day join us as an affiliate member, as we encourage people to “live life outdoors.”


Josh Ambrosy is an experienced VCE OES teacher. He has been involved in the subject from positions such as teacher, assessor, author, professional learning facilitator and previously worked for Outdoors Victoria in the role of Education officer.

Jessica Harris is an experienced VCE OES teacher based in North-East Victoria. She founded the HOPE network for regional teachers of Outdoor Education. She has extensive experience developing commercial examinations and assessments; and facilitating professional learning at schools, conferences, universities and online.

Adam Hipwell is a highly regarded VCE OES teacher, author, workshop facilitator, and examiner. His experience spans multiple contexts within VCE OES including staff conferences, student revision lectures and professional development days. Adam has a strong interest in the literacy skills required of students to succeed in VCE OES.

Brendan Hodges is the Head of Health, Outdoor and Physical Education at an independent school in Melbourne and has taught VCE OES throughout his career. He has experience developing commercial assessments, presenting at educational conferences, and continues to co-ordinate online teacher resources.