Level 1 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms N. Wall

Recommended Prior Learning

A wide general knowledge is always a good starting point for studying Geography. This allows students to place their learning in a wider context and a gives them a greater appreciation of geographic concepts.

Essentially Geography is the study of people and their impact on an environment. The Level 1 external Geography course studies natural events, concentrating on earthquakes, in particular the Christchurch earthquake. There is also time given to a study of Geographic skills, mapping, graphs, photos, etc. The three internals (largely done in class time) look at a research topic where the students collect data and analyse it, study global fertility rates and New Zealand’s drinking culture and the harm that this may bring. 


Geography develops many important skills from analysing written material and data, to studying maps, analysing videos, drawing conclusions and writing reports.

Course Overview

Term 1
Geographic Topic at a Global Scale - World Fertility Rates
Contemporary Geographic Issue - New Zealand's Drinking Culture

Term 2
Contemporary Geographic Issue - New Zealand's Drinking Culture
Geographic Research - Queenstown Field Trip

Term 3
Extreme Natural Events - The Christchurch Earthquakes
Geographic Skills

Term 4
Geographic Skills
Exam Revision

Learning Areas:

Social Science

Assessment Policy & Procedures

Level 2 Geography

Geography develops good general knowledge and people skills. Geography at University splits into two broad categories. The science strand prepares students to become a climatologist, hydrologist (water based), an environmental or agricultural planning. Whereas those who study cultural geography work in such jobs as regional and/or town planner, tourism, journalism, administration, librarian.

Career Pathways

Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Recreation Co-ordinator, Project Manager, Youth Worker, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide, Tour Guide, Travel Agent/Adviser, Counsellor, Meteorologist, Trainer, Industrial Designer, Workplace Relations Adviser, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Arborist, Marine Engineer, Primary School Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori