NCEA Level 2 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: J. Hurst

Recommended Prior Learning

Previous experience and success in Year 11 Geography is highly recommended, or by consultation with HOD Geography.

Geography is the study of Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time and explain relationships and connections between people and the environment. Essentially geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). This course covers aspects of physical and human geography. 

Study and assessments include:

  • Conducting geographic research (at the Mt Cook National Park);
  • Evaluating the modern day issue of freedom camping and the impact that it has on people and the environment;
  • Conducting a geographic study of the South Island High Country; and  
  • Evaluating the global topic and applying to a selected case study.

This subject leads to a University Entrance approved subject.

Field trip: 2 days at Mt Cook National Park. 


Social Science


NCEA Level 3 Child Development, NCEA Level 3 Classical Studies, NCEA Level 3 Economics, NCEA Level 3 Geography

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Voluntary course contribution:
Approximately $90 towards transport and food for field trip (will be advised at the time).

Pathway Tags

Urban/Regional Planner, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, Construction and Infrastructure, Geospatial Specialist, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Historian, Retail Manager, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Town Planner, Teaching, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Film maker, Lawyer, Social Work, Possible future careers: Urban/Environmental/Regional/Town Planner, Construction and Infrastructure


For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.