NCEA Level 3 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: A. Lees

Recommended Prior Learning

Previous experience and success in Year 11 or Year 12 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:

  • Demonstrating understanding of a given environment(s) through selection and application of geographic concepts and skills;
  • Demonstrating understanding of how a cultural process shapes geographic environment(s) through the concept of Tourism  (Bali);
  • Analysing aspects of diamond mining at a global scale;
  • Analysing aspects of a human trafficking geographic issue; and
  • Conducting geographic research of spatial variations within the Kaikoura Peninsula. 

If a student achieves 14 Level 3 credits in this course it will be counted as an approved subject for University Entrance. 

3 day field trip to Kaikoura.


Social Science

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Voluntary course contribution:
Field trip - approximately $175 towards food and transport, to be advised at 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 Infr


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.