NCEA Level 3 Geography
Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Beaumont-Gill
Studying Geography helps develop a whole range of employability skills including numeracy, teamwork (through regular field trips), analytical skills in the lab and a certain technical savviness through using various specialist computing applications. Also, the subject area in itself cultivates a world view and a certain cultural sensitivity. These all potentially help a geographer to stand out in the labour market.
This course concentrates on geology/earth science of Tongariro National Park with an additional focus on planning issues and event management. It examines the geological formation of volcanic features and minerals such as diamonds, but also investigates the political and economic implications of the blood diamond industry. In addition it examines the current issue of pest control in New Zealand and evaluates the key management strategies. This course also requires students to design, plan and carry out physical research in Tongariro National Park and work in teams to collect data from the field.
Geography compliments other curriculum subject areas such as: Economics (Environmental Economics/Resource Management Act) Chemistry (Geo-Chemistry/Geology) Biology (Biogeography/Hydrology). Geography prepares students for entry into a variety of tertiary studies including Environmental Science, Development Studies, Environmental Law, Waste Management, Urban Planning, Geotechnology, Business, and Natural resource Management.
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
$200 approximate cost of 3 day Tongariro field trip
Recommended Prior Learning
At least 12 credits in either Level 2 History, Level 2 Geography or Level 2 English
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.
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.