The aim of school Geography is to develop an understanding of the environment as a home for people.
Modern Geography is not simply learning about countries or groups of people, it is a discipline in which the qualities and needs of the natural environment are studied in relation to the economic and social needs of the people. Studying Geography will provide a good general knowledge of the world as well as skills which are useful for many career pathways.
Year 11 Environmental Geography NCEA Level 1
The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of our environment - how we affect it and how it can affect us. This course will include an opportunity for students to gain credits to meet the Literacy and Numeracy requirements of NCEA Level 1. This course will focus on the environment and issues around its use and will suit students who are interested in environmental and earth sciences. Future focussed themes of sustainability and globalisation are key components of the course. This course will enable students to continue with studies of both Geography and Education for Sustainability at NCEA Levels 2 and 3.
Year 12 Geography NCEA Level 2
Year 12 Geography continues the study of the inter-relationships of the natural and human environment. Major themes of study are landscape contrasts (the natural environment, use of resources and environmental issues), and urban growth (the reasons towns and cities grow and the problems they face). In-depth study of geographic issues, a global study and research skills are also important components of the course.
Year 13 Geography NCEA Level 3
The Year 13 course completes a cycle of studies of the relationship between man and the environment. The main topics studied are the natural environment and a selection of geographic skills and their application in selected contexts. 14 of the course credits are internally assessed, and include studies of the role of planning and decision-making in geography related to an event such as the Whitianga Scallop Festival, geographic research, geographic issues and global studies.