NCEA Level 3 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Grey

Recommended Prior Learning

Students need not have taken geography at Years 11 or 12 but it is an advantage.
A minimum of 12 achievement standard credits in Level 2 English or Geography, which must be a combination of internal and external standards, or by negotiation with the teacher in charge of Geography.

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

Students will develop a large range of geographic skills and learn how to apply these in various contexts. This subject is an accepted prerequisite for a broad range of tertiary courses, such as earth sciences, environmental studies, planning.

This course 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. There are up to two external achievement standards to choose from and a selection of internal achievement standards.  Internal achievement standards may include investigating a global current issue such as human trafficking, looking at the global pattern of coral reefs and the research of a local issue or 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A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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
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

1x PVC ringbinder (A4/2/38), A4 Refill (14B8), cardboard subject dividers x5, coloured pencils, ruler, highlighters
Fieldwork will be undertaken in the local area and this will involve some costs for transport, approximately $50.
It is recommended that students purchase the TNT workbooks for external achievement standards at approximately $10.
A personal device is preferable for the year.

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.