Level 2 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Whaea E. Cameron

What is geography about?

Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people. It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time – past, present, and future.

It explores the relationships and connections between people and both natural and cultural environments.

Geography investigates the ways in which features are arranged on the earth’s surface. It describes and explains the patterns and processes that create them.

Students learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS), to obtain, present and analyse information.

There will be costs associated with a field trip in term 1.  This field trip is not compulsory but to support classroom learning.   Students who do not attend will require an alternative option to the research subject that will be researched on this field trip.

Subjects and timetables may vary each year.

Year 12 and 13 will be run with alternative years covering both the Volcanic Plateau and alternative years the Wairarapa Coast for the physical geography.

Course Overview

Term 1
91240 Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment - New Zealand topic.
May include East Coast Erosion Processes of North Island, Tongariro Volcanic Area or Coastal Wairarapa for example. External.

or 91243 Geographic Skills and Concepts. This is advanced knowledge from level 1 for students who choose this option. External. By choosing this option students have the same opportunities for credits.

91244 Conduct Geographic Research with Guidance and 91245
Explain aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue. Internals
These are combined into sustainable tourism unit which is researched on our field trip.
This will carry over into week 7 of Term 2.

Term 2
91242 Demonstrate geographic understanding of differences in development
New Zealand and India as an example External

This will carry over into term 3.

Term 3
Explain aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale in 2020 this was the spread of Covid 19 and the associated patterns in spread and response.

Term 4
Revision and study leave.


Level 3 Geography

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Stationary: Folder, dividers, lined paper, pencils, pens, coloured pencils and rulers. A personal device is necessary for GIS work.

There will be trips with this course, there may be costs associated.

Recommended Prior Learning

Geography Level 1 NCEA or Social Studies Level 1 NCEA or a skills check.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91240 v2 Geography 2.1 - Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment
A.S. 91242 v3 Geography 2.3 - Demonstrate geographic understanding of differences in development
A.S. 91244 v3 Geography 2.5 - Conduct geographic research with guidance
A.S. 91245 v3 Geography 2.6 - Explain aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue
A.S. 91246 v3 Geography 2.7 - Explain aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.

Pathway Tags

Career Paths for Geography Students Geotechnical • Geotechnical engineer • Geographical information systems (GIS) analyst / technician / operator / consultant • Applications specialist • Remote sensing scientist / analyst • Geospatial analyst • Hydrologeologist, hydrological analyst Environmental • Environmental scientist • Resource management planner, resource officer • Environmental and quality coordinator • Consents planner • Coastal / marine scientist • Climate consultant • Sustainable advisor • Air quality scientist Planning and risk management • Urban/ transport planner • Development planner • Natural hazards researcher / analyst • Project manager • Policy advisor • Recovery preparedness coordinator • QA analyst Human geography • NGO / aid agency practitioner • Diversity officer / human rights advocate • Community development officer • Geohealth analyst • Recruitment advisor • Public relations executive Research • Qualitative research executive • Social researcher • Research assistant • Research and development manager • Laboratory supervisor Data • Statistical analyst • Data collector / technician • Database administrator Education • University lecturer • School teacher Management • Director • Operations manager • Environmental manager

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