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NCEA Level 1 Geography
Level 1
Number of Credits: 22

Entry Recommendations: Open entry.

Course Outline: As both a Science and Humanities based subject, Geography is a versatile course offering students broad knowledge and a range of essential academic and practical skills. Geography aims to develop an understanding of people and their environment. Year 11 Geography begins to equip students with a broad base of knowledge about aspects of the world in which we live and with the skills of information processing and analysis that are important to many careers. Topics include a study of extreme natural events, an investigation into population concepts, a global geographic topic and national geographic issue.

Skills developed in the course:

  • Effective communication, including the presentation and interpretation of information in maps, graphs, models and written reports (Geographic spatial skills)
  • Problem solving – processing information to form conclusions
  • Understanding other people’s points of view, beliefs, cultures and perspectives
  • Research – collecting, presenting, analysing and evaluating information
  • Ability to work and learn collaboratively 

Course costs: A small fee may apply to local fieldwork outings.

This course leads to: NCEA Level 2 Geography or IB Geography.

Assessment: Components of this course will be selected from the following standards to suit individual learning needs.

AS 91007
Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural events
4 Credits
AS 91008
Demonstrate geographic understanding of population concepts
4 Credits
AS 91010
Apply concepts and basic geographic skills to demonstrate understanding of a given event
4 Credits
AS 91011
Conduct geographic research, with direction
4 Credits
Field work and research report
Assessment Period - Term 1, March
AS 91012
Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue
3 Credits
Written assessment
Assessment Period - Term 2, June-July
AS 91013
Describe aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale
3 Credits
Written assessment
Assessment Period - Term 3, September
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