NCEA Level 1 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Grey

Recommended Prior Learning

Recommendation from Year 10 social studies teacher in charge.

Geography at this level covers a range of topics and skills. 

The external achievement standards involved a study of extreme natural events, and in particular, the Tarawera and Whakaari eruptions. This study also includes a trip to the Buried Village in Rotorua and a visit to Waimangu thermal valley to see effects of the Tarawera eruption. The second external achievement standard involves the application of skills such as map, cartoon and graph interpretation.

Students also cover a selection of internal achievement standards such as research, a current issue in New Zealand such as the use of 1080 and a global study.

This course provides an interesting and broad base for any future studies in the social sciences or in earth science.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.


Social Science

Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 2 Geography, NCEA Level 2 Tourism

Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Survey Technician, Historian, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Surveyor, Fishing Skipper, Urban/Regional Planner, Emergency Management Officer, Meteorologist, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Driller, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Engineer, Ranger, Landscape Architect, Geophysicist, Policy Analyst, Secondary School Teacher, Travel Agent/Adviser, Intelligence Officer, Geospatial Specialist, Career Consultant

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is recommended that students attend field work undertaken and this will incur some costs for transport (approximately $60.00).
It is recommended that students purchase the TNT workbooks for external achievement standards at approximately $10.
1x PVC ringbinder (A4/2/38), A4 Refill (14B8), cardboard subject dividers x 5, coloured pencils, ruler, highlighters.

Pathway Tags

Urban/Regional Planner, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, Construction and Infrastructure, Geospatial Specialist, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Historian, Retail Manager, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Town Planner, Teaching, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Film maker, Lawyer, Social Work, Possible future careers: Urban/Environmental/Regional/Town Planner, Construction and Infrastructure


It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.