NCEA Level 2 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Grey

Recommended Prior Learning

Either 12 credits Level 1 Geography, or 12 credits Level 1 English which must be a combination of internal and external achievement standards or by negotiation with the teacher in charge of Geography. Some credits in Level 1 Mathematics are also desirable.

Geography is about what is around us. It looks at people and places and the interactions between them.

Our course covers a range of physical and human geography topics. It is designed to increase students’ geographic knowledge, ideas and develop more complex skills. However, the course is sufficiently flexible to enable students to study geography for the first time at this level. 

It provides an interesting broad base for any future studies in social sciences, environmental studies and earth sciences.

This course includes up to two external standards and at least three internal standards. The topics may include investigating the natural and cultural aspects of the Amazon Rainforest, researching a geographic topic such as changes in vegetation in the Tongariro National Park (requiring a field trip), investigating a NZ issue such as overcrowding of environments due to tourism, and studying a global pattern.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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 3 Geography

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

Field work is compulsory for standard 91244. This will involve costs which may include an overnight stay. Costs could be approximately $70.
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 x5, coloured pencils, ruler, highlighters.
Access to a personal device is preferable when completing the internal assessments.

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.