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For 2018 and 2019 a potential 14 internal credits are available and 8 external credits depending on your learning requirements. For 2019 field trip locations and estimate costs are yet to be confirmed (TBC)

Click the following for 2018 Level 3 Year Course Planner                                                         Online learning will use MyPortfolio for additional learning support, resources and assessment tasks. 

Total available credits in this course: 18 to 22 credits

 Term Code  Achievement Standard Title  Credits  Int/ExtFOA 
 All Year
 (** R & W) 


 Demonstrate understanding of a given environment(s) through selection and application of geographic concepts and skills  4 External No 
 4 (**R &W) 91426
 Demonstrate understanding of how interacting natural processes shape a New Zealand geographic environment  4External No
 (* R)
 Analyse a significant contemporary event from a geographic perspective 3 InternalNo 
 1 and 2
 ( * R)


 Analyse aspects of a contemporary geographic issue 3Internal  No 
 (* R)


 Analyse aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale 3Internal   No
 2 and 3 91430Conduct geographic research with consultation 5 Internal No 
Note:  Achievement Standards with two stars (**) contribute to BOTH UE Reading & Writing Literacy requirements.
  Note:  Achievement Standards with only 1 start (*) ONLY contribute to UE Reading Literacy requirements.

What should I have already achieved?

You should have a developing knowledge of geography. 
What will I learn?

At Level 3 we will continue to explore our natural and cultural environments by examining a variety of geographical environments both locally and globally.  You will apply geographic concepts and terminology to both your internal and external assessments, showing insight and understanding of the topics you will study throughout the year.

Inquiry topics you will research and study in 2018 may include:  the analysis of a contemporary                 geographic topic taking into account differing perspectives; understanding the significant of a contemporary event such as the Lantern Festival to Auckland's society and economy; understanding of the global water supply; carrying out field research into a geographic topic e.g. eco-tourism planning, coastal management, cultural processes of tourism in Rotorua through consultation with domestic and international tourists/local agencies.  Your ONE external exam to demonstrate understanding of a given environment(s) through a selection and application of geographic concepts and skills.

Learning will take place both within the classroom and beyond with at least two field trips taking our learning beyond the classroom. It is expected that you will participate in field trips offered in 2018 which support internal and external assessment learning's.

How will this course be assessed?
This course will be assessed using a combination of 3 internal assessments completed during the year and 2 external assessments. Assessments will require you to demonstrate your understanding of geographic concepts in relation to case studies using graphs, maps, diagrams and written paragraph answers.  The internal assessments and leanings support your externals exams.

This course offers 18 to 22 credits depending on your learning programme. 

Students are expected to complete ALL coursework on time and to their highest abilities. 
Will there be any FAO?  (Further Assessment Opportunities)
Are there any Pre-requisite for Level 3 are:
12 credits in Geography or 12 credits or more in Level 2 NCEA English.  Geography requires a high level
of English writing and reading skills.

What does Geography lead too?  

Geography can be taken at University as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) course.             Geography supports people into the following professions - environment law, civil engineering,                         geologists, policy makers in central and local government, communications, forestry, and urban design             are just some examples.  

To find out how Geography supports future careers

What are the 2019 Course Costs?

Geography Booklets $70.00 (paid to OSC Finance)

Workbook & Tools for note keeping - student choice but recommend is a 2B8 Book, Black Plastic Folder - 60-100 pockets, Protractor 180 degree, USB Stick, Highlighters, Colouring Pencils, Ruler, Easer, Pens for writing as identified in your 2018 Stationary List.

Workbook Required: Geography Skills for NCEA Level Three, Justin Peat. Can be purchase from OfficeMax

Guest Speakers: Koha (donation) will be given this will be $5 per student.

Field Trip One: Lantern Festival (evening) estimate only) $30 - $50.00 per student. This an evening field trip proposed for Term 1.  The cost is subject to class numbers and transport costs. Students are not permitted to drive themselves.   Parents are welcome to attend this field trip.

Field Trip Two:  Geographic Research (New Zealand)

In 2018 the field trip will return to Rotorua (3 days/ 2 nights) the estimate is $500 per student subject to course numbers. Students will undertaken both research over the 3 days and attend seminars. This will take place on the last day of term & July during the Term 2 Holiday

Learning Focus of both field trips is: learning's support two / three assessments the external Geographic Concepts and Skills Exam (4 Credits) and the internal Geographic Field Research Assessment (5 Credits).

Please note that the cost is subject to class numbers, transport costs, accommodation rates, attraction rates etc. 

Level 3 AME Workbooklet - available Term 3 and covered in the $60 Geography Booklet Fee paid by students at the start of the Year.

Level 3 AME Geography Study Guide  - Recommend for students providing insight into how to complete assessment standards. Two copies on Loan in the OSC Library - Desk Copy