L1 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Hancock

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people. It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time. It explores the relationships between people and the natural and cultural environments, and the effects they have on each other.

Understanding the world we live in involves aspects such as social issues, environmental issues, patterns, contributing factors and solutions. These skills are very desirable for further training and future career opportunities.

Employers seek a mixture of skills, qualifications and experience when they recruit for a job. Upon studying Geography, you will be exposed to a variety of learning activities which will enable you to become:

  • Good communicators with strong presentation skills

  • Competent in using ICT

  • Independent researchers

  • More able to work effectively in a team in a variety of roles

  • Critical thinkers and problem solvers

  • Appreciative of different cultures

  • Good at combining information from a variety of sources through excellent writing skills

Statistics show that geographers are among the most employable compared with other disciplines. Some of the fields of work for which geographers have the necessary skills include marketing, leisure and tourism, environmental work, using Geographical Information Systems, management, urban and rural planning, surveying, the Armed Services, law and architecture.

Topics include: environmental impacts of tourism in Fiordland, an investigation into the world’s coffee trade, field trip to Mount Maunganui focusing on how features influence people's recreational choices, a New Zealand geographic contemporary issue which focuses on the use of 1080 poison for pest control, Indian Ocean tsunami, geographic skills such as mapping and graphing. As a subject we will also be offering the option to tailor your own interests and passions into the various achievement standards we offer. If the provided case study topic does not excite you there is the option for you to submit an expression of interest to combine the assessment requirements to a topic of your choice. As long as we feel this new topic will allow you to meet the assessment criteria this is a viable option as we are firm believers of applying the required learning to areas of interest.

Learning Areas:

Social Science


L2 Geography