What should I have already achieved?

It would be advisable to have at least 10 credits from either Level 2 Geography, English, or History before continuing with Level 3 Geography. However, it is not necessary in order to take Level 3 Geography. Please note that the Achievement Standard criteria for Geography 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 at Level 1 or Level 2. Geography requires a high level of English so you should have 12 credits in English to ensure success.

At Level 3 we will continue to explore our natural and cultural environments by examining a variety of geographic environments both locally, nationally 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 2019 may include: the analysis of a contemporary geographic topic taking into account differing perspectives; understanding the significance 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 either in Samoa and/or Rotorua through consultation with domestic and international tourists/local agencies. Your TWO external exams require you to firstly demonstrate understanding of a given environment(s) through a selection and application of geographic concepts and skills you have developed throughout the year via your internals and secondly demonstrate understanding of how a cultural process (tourism development) shapes geographic environment(s) .

Learning will take place both within the classroom and beyond with two field trips taking our learning and discovery beyond the classroom to support your understanding of both internal and external assessments this year.

How will this course be assessed?

This course will be assessed using a combination of 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 using relevant terminology and concepts to show understanding of the topic. The internal assessments and learnings support your externals exams.

This course offers you the potential of 14 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 FAOs (Further Assessment Opportunities)?

  • Level 3 Geography does not offer FAO given the potential of 14 internal credit opportunities within the year as well as 8 external credits via two external exams.

What are the 2019 Course Costs?

Geography Booklets $50.00 (paid to OSC Finance) this includes the cost of the AME Level 3 Exam booklet.

Workbook & Tools required are: 2B8 Book, Black Plastic Folder - 60-100 pockets, Protractor 180 degree or 360 degree protractor, Scale Ruler showing scale in 1:100, 1:500, 1:1500 1:2000, a 30 cm Steel / Metal Ruler, 12 packet of coloring pencils, eraser, highlighters, pens for writing and use in class.

Student Workbooks required are:

Geography 3.4 Workbook Level 3, by Jane Evans. Available at Officemax:

Level 3 AME Geography Study Guide a small number of copies are available on Desk Copy Loan from the school library. If useful to a student they may wish to purchase from a retailer.

Field Trip One: Auckland's Lantern Festival (afternoon)

When: Term 1, Week 3 on Thursday 14 February 2019 (2.30 pm to 8.00 pm)

This field trip provides students insight and understanding of a significant contemporary cultural event in Auckland which earns the region $3 million over 3 nights. Given the nature of the event "Chinese Lantern Festival" this field trip proposed timing is 2.30 pm to 8.00 pm. The field trip supports student learning beyond the classroom in their completion of AS91428 "Analyse a significant contemporary event" (3 credits). Students are not permitted to drive themselves to this event. This field trip will include both Level 3 Geography and our International Students.

Cost Estimate: $20 per student.

Field Trip Two: Conduct Geographic Research on Tourism Development Processes

The learning purpose is discovery and investigation beyond the classroom into real world environments. The knowledge and understanding gained will support two or three assessments that is the external Geographic Concepts and Skills Exam (4 Credits) and the internal Geographic Field Research Assessment (5 Credits) and the external AS91431 "Demonstrate understanding of how a cultural process shapes geographic environment(s)" the cultural processes being the tourism development process in Rotorua.

Approved Overseas Trip - Samoa

When: Term 2, Week 10 from Thursday 3rd July to 11 July 2019 (during the School Term 2 Break)

The School Board has approved our overseas field trip to Samoa. The conditions are that we require a minimum of 25 students to attend and a payment of $500 payable by the end of February 2019 with further larger payments required by June 2019. This would be our second overseas trip to Samoa with our previous trip occurring in 2017. Geography students are going with the purpose of learning beyond the classroom and will be expected to carry out research. Building on the experience of the 2017 trip the estimated cost for 2019 is $2,100 per student. This cost includes return flights, transportation costs (ferry and bus), seminars, all accommodation on both islands, all meals and water supplies. This will take place on the last day of term & July during the Term 2 Holiday. Further information will be provided to students and their parents/guardians.

Approved New Zealand Trip - Rotorua (only if the trip to Samoa does not proceed)

When: Term 2 over a Thursday, Friday , Saturday (3 Days / 2 Nights)

We shall return to Rotorua (3 days/ 2 nights) as per previous years. The estimated cost is $450 per student subject to course numbers. Students will undertake research over the 2 days and attend seminars and tours of selected historical and present day attractions. Further information will be provided to students and their parents/guardians.