NCEA Level 3 Geography & Environmental Studies

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Beaumont-Gill

Recommended Prior Learning

At least 12 credits in either Level 2 History, Level 2 Geography or Level 2 English

Geography & Environmental Studies at Level 3 focuses on managing earth’s resources and the state of our natural environments.  It involves learning about:

  • the forces that shape the earth such as volcanism and climate change
  • the different natural features of our world
  • why earth’s natural resources are under increasing pressure
  • the causes of environmental problems
  • the ways we can make our actions more sustainable


This course also requires students to design, plan and carry out practical research in Tongariro National Park involving a 3-day field trip.

Geography & Environmental Studies is a literacy rich course which teaches the skills of research, communication, resource interpretation and report writing.

Geography related careers include:

Environmental Scientist | Resource Management | Geologist | Geothermal Energy |Geospatial Specialist | Civil Engineering | Emergency Management | Urban Planner | Waste Management | Survey Technician



Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Geologist, Environmental Engineer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$200 approximate cost of 3 day Tongariro field trip