Level 3 Geography
Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Bucknall
Study of Geography at level 3 continues students’ development of geographical skills and their understanding of important concepts and ideas that have been learnt in level 1 and 2. Skills in research, spatial pattern analysis, cultural and natural processes, statistical and mapping skills and analysis of contemporary issues all form part of this course.
Students will study a global topic, such as tourism, before focusing on conducting their own primary geographic research incorporated into a residential field trip over 3 days. The remaining internal is an analysis of the major international geographic issue of forced migration either by war, persecution or global warming.
The first of the external assessments is the culmination of the skills learnt through the course as demonstrated through analysis a given environment. This paper seeks to examine how well students have developed their skills and, crucially, how well they can identify the appropriate skills to complete the analysis. The final external is the most challenging and advanced, requiring in depth understanding of a cultural process, such as tourism, and how it is responsible for shaping and changing an environment, such as Queenstown.
Geography provides students the opportunity to learn a wide range of useful skills for the workplace and tertiary study. Many courses and employers value the broad communication, computer, research and analytical skills that geography students are experienced in.
The University of Auckland, New Zealand’s top ranked university both by Times Higher Education and QS Rankings, views level 3 credits in Geography just as desirable as any other subject that can be studied in NCEA. Geography is one of the 14 approved subjects that the University of Auckland use to calculate rank scores for admission to all of their courses. It is also one of the six courses that are required for some of the university’s most popular courses, including Bachelor of Health Sciences, Architecture and Commerce. For more information on this, see https://goo.gl/rAKDYQ.
NZ Curriculum Guide for Geography - Career Pathways:There are many types of positions that fit well with geography qualifications. A geography job is any work that focuses on location. Geographers work in a wide range of fields, from: urban and regional planning, industrial location and marketing, environmental monitoring and resource management, community development at home and abroad as researchers, analysts, consultants, technologists and planners.
The ability to work with data is becoming increasingly important in geography, due, in large part, to technological advances. For example, much of our information about where things are located comes from satellites that continuously beam coordinates to global positioning devices on Earth.
Government and commercial satellites greatly increase the accuracy and amount of geographic data available. At the same time, new Geographic Information System (GIS) software can process those data with greater speed and flexibility. This technology creates new career possibilities for people who understand geography and who can process and use geographic information.
A few geography jobs are based almost entirely on the study of location. Remote sensing specialists, photogrammetrists, and surveyors gather data about where things are on Earth. GIS analysts review these data and sometimes use them to make maps. And planners help to determine where buildings and roads should be located.
Many maps rely on photographs or other data taken from airplanes, jets, and satellites. Remote sensing specialists oversee the collection of this information and interpret satellite images. Photogrammetrists interpret the more detailed data from jets and planes.
Further information and reading about future pathways and careers in Geography is available on this document:
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
Cost: $300 to $350 for 3 day field trip for the research standard AS91430
It is expected that students taking level 3 Geography will have passed the course at level 2 by gaining a minimum of 11 credits. Students wishing to take the course without studying Geography at level 2 will need to discuss their suitability for the course with the Teacher in Charge or Head of Faculty. It has been demonstrated that success in Geography is possible for students new to the subject at this level. It is surprisingly common for students who have studied Geography at level 1 to return in level 3. This is obviously less desirable than continuing through all three levels but it does have the benefit of providing a core understanding of the concepts, skills and assessment formats in Geography, enabling many who return to achieve very well.
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.
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,
An individual course will only run if sufficient students are accepted into the course.