Geography

Level 2 Geography offers a mixture of Achievement Standards from Geography, Earth & Space Science, Education for Sustainability and/or Textiles. A discussion with Miss Harvey at the start of the year will determine your learning pathway.

You have the potential to gain 14 Internal credits and 8 external credits in Level 2 Geography. All students will attempt at least one external exam to move into Level 3 Geography and Level 3 General Science.

This learning program contributes to a student aiming for Level 2 NZQA Certificate Endorsement. If you completed GEOS and GEOB you may have completed some of these Achievement Standards.

Please Note the following:

  • Achievement Standards with (#) in front of GEO, ESS and EfS were offered in GEOS or GEOB hence you would not need to redo these Achievement Standards.
  • Achievement Standards with two stars (**) contributes to BOTH UE Reading & Writing literacy requirements.

What should I have already achieved?

It would be advisable to have at least gained Level 1 Literacy and Level 1 Numeracy or completed Geography (GEOS or GEOB), English or History. Please note the Achievement Standard criteria for Level 2 requires a high level of English writing and reading skills.

What will I learn?

You should be interested in the natural and cultural environment and have a willingness to discover and explore the environment at a local, regional and national scale. You may have a developing knowledge of geography having completed Level 1 Geography.

Our learning takes place within and outside the classroom as we explore and investigate contemporary issues and topics that shape how people view and interact both socially and economically with their environment.

You will use and apply specific concepts and terminology to both internal and external assessments to show insight and understanding of the topics studied throughout the year.

Topics you may research and study in 2020 may include: the investigation of different perspectives / viewpoints for allowing 1080 in the Hunua Ranges or Aqua Farming; tourists on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing; understanding the global pattern and impact of Korean K- Pop Music or other topics such as the impact of HIV around the world today or a topic of your choice; undertake field research into either vegetation zonation, fluvial river processes; investigating Auckland's Volcanic Field or carrying out a personal action for a sustainable future. You have the choice of three external exams which either focus on applying geography concepts and skills to demonstrate your understanding of a given environment as well as demonstrating your understanding of natural processes occurring in a large natural environment or Demonstrate understanding of initiatives that contribute to a sustainable future. All externals draw on the internal assessments completed during the year along with specific case study knowledge also undertaken by you.

Learning will take place both within the classroom and beyond with the potential of field trips taking our learning beyond the classroom. It is expected that you will participate in field trips which support the assessment leanings.

This course will be assessed using a combination of 3 to 4 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.

This course offers 14 or more credits depending on your course of study.

It is expected that ALL students complete ALL assessments on-time and to their highest abilities. Geography requires a high level of English writing and reading skills.

Further Assessment Opportunities (FAO)?

There are no FAO in Level 2 Geography.

What are the 2019 Course Costs?

For 2020 the courses costs for Geography are:

Geography Work Booklets $60.00 (paid directly to OSC Finance at the start of Term 1). This includes the cost of Geography 2.4 Workbook Geographic Concepts and Skills by Jane Evans. As well as an in-house work-booklet created for Research and TVC.

Equipment you will required (internal / externals) is a- 2B8 Book, Black Plastic Folder - 100-60 pockets for Hand-outs provided in class, Colouring Pencils, 180 or 360 degree Protractor; 30cm Ruler, Easer, Highlighters and Pens for writing as identified in your Stationary List.

The following Field Trip for Level 2 Geography in 2020 are:

Taupo - Tongariro Volcanic Environment: 3 days / 2 Nights (Climate Dependent - Looking at Term 1). The purpose of learning beyond the classroom is to discover and experience a large natural volcanic environment through field investigations and guest speakers. This field trip supports a number of assessments for example, AS91189 "Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality" (4 credits) AS91245 "Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment" (4 credits) and AS91245 "Conduct with guidance geographic research" (5 credits) and skills for AS91243 "Apply geography concepts and skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment" (4 credits).

Cost: (estimate only) $400 per student. This cost includes ALL accommodation, transportation, guides / guest speakers and meals. Please note that the cost is subject to class numbers.

Further details of all Field Trips 2020 will be discussed in Class and information provided for parents/guardians in due course.