Geography

Level 3 Assessment Standards

You have the ability to gain 11 internal credits and 8 external credits in Level 3 Geography. The following Table highlights the Achievement Standards for a pure Geography course as a Table A subject. See Notes:

Please Note the following:

Note: Achievement Standards with two stars (**) contributes to BOTH UE Reading & Writing literacy requirements.

Note: Achievement Standards with only 1 start (*) ONLY contributes to UE Reading literacy requirements.

Note: This standard offers both Numeracy & Literacy at Level 3

What should I have already achieved?

It would be advisable to have at least 14 credits including at least one external exam pass from Level 2 English. Alternatively 14 credits from Level 2 Geography or Level 2 History before continuing with 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 2020 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 Work Booklets $60.00 (paid to OSC Finance start of Term 1) for your Work Book Texts required for internals and externals.

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 colouring pencils, eraser, highlighters, pens for writing and use in class.

Field Trip: Tongariro National Park: 3 days / 2 Nights.

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 will be combine with International Students, Level 2 and Level 1 Physical Geography students (GEOS).

This field trip supports Term 2 learning of AS91413 "Conduct with guidance geographic research" (5 credits) and AS91431 "Demonstrate an understanding of how natural processes shapes the geographic environment(s)" (4 credits) and practice for your external exam AS91439 "Demonstrate understanding of a given environment through a selection and application of geographic concepts and skills" (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.