Level 3 Geography
Teacher in Charge: Ms P. Buddle
The standards and topics offered in this course may be altered at the discretion of the Head of Department.
Geography is an excellent subject that deals with what is happening in the world around us. Students studying Geography strengthen their abilities to research, communicate in writing, use spatial reasoning skills, use statistics accurately and appropriately, analyse a range of data sets and draw valid and accurate conclusions.
The Year 13 course involves an in-depth study of New Zealand’s biggest income earner – Tourism. It aims to give students a clear understanding of the tourism development process and the consequences of tourism for the people and the environment. The Natural Processes topic allows students to have an in-depth knowledge of a local geographic environment with an emphasis on the natural processes that have produced the natural landforms within the environment and how people are modifying the natural processes. Geographic skills like spatial analysis, topographic mapping skills and the ability to evaluate people’s viewpoints are developed.
Research data is collected on a 3 day field trip to Rotorua and daytrip to Muriwai Beach to provide primary information to better understand the natural environment. Internal Assessments examine students’ understanding of Geographic issues of a contemporary and global nature. The approximate cost for the Rotorua trip is $330, and Muriwai Beach is $15.
Geography at University is considered as both a Science and a Humanities’ subject and is cross-creditable depending on your chosen emphasis. A number of students who study Geography at University will go onto careers in planning, spatial analysis and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or environmental science. Other students combine Geography with Law or Commerce while Medical students that require a Humanities’ subject can choose Geography.
Recommended Prior Learning
At least 10 credits total in Level 2 Geography. For those new to the subject only - at least 10 credits total in a Level 2 Science, English or another Social Sciences’ course of which 3 credits should be externally examined or HOD approval. Credits from other subjects are only applicable for students who did not take Geography at Level 2 in the previous year (based on Entrance Exams and Internal Assessment results).
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.
Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.
Courses will only run based on minimum entries
Selecting a course does not guarantee entry into this course
You may apply for an exemption if you do not meet the prerequisites of a course or if the course requires this for entry
Standards offered can be altered at the discretion of the HOF or HOD of the Department
Some standards in NCEA courses might be optional depending on student strengths