Level 1 Geography

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: P. Bucknall

This entry level course introduces students to the issues, concepts, ideas and skills that geographers study. There are two main themes: the study of earthquakes as extreme natural events in the context of Canterbury and the study of our changing and growing population in New Zealand and the world.

Research work focuses on earthquake related disaster preparation in Nelson. Students could also study skills in the developing field of spatial analysis in the context of earthquake hazards in Canterbury.

Students with a keen eye for patterns and a flair for analysis will enjoy this course. All participants will gain a solid grounding in geographic concepts that will enable them to develop communication, computer and analytical skills as well as develop numeracy and literacy skills in an exciting and contemporary context.

Future Pathways:

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.

At Level 1 the basic skill development and familiarity with concepts will naturally enable a student to progress on to Level 2 Geography. Skills learnt in Geography will also be beneficial across many other subject areas including Science, Maths, English and of course the other social studies subjects.

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 is available on this document:



Social Science


Level 2 Geography


Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Survey Technician, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Surveyor, Urban/Regional Planner, Emergency Management Officer, Civil Engineer, Meteorologist, Geologist, Environmental Engineer, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Financial Adviser, Ranger, Landscape Architect, Geophysicist, Groundsperson, Primary School Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Market Research Analyst, Policy Analyst, Production Manager, Secondary School Teacher, Travel Agent/Adviser, Intelligence Officer, Geospatial Specialist