Geography 1

This course introduces you to the interactions between the processes of the Natural and Cultural environment, as well as building understanding of the sustainable use of an environment. Using examples from the local, national and global environments.

The main modules are:

  • Understand earthquakes and the impact of natural and cultural environments.
  • Describe the global patterns of Earthquakes.
  • Describe the contemporary issue of Earthquakes.
  • Use GIS to produce maps and visualisations for location.
  • Researching a location for McDonalds in Wanaka.
  • Understand geographic skills.

You will find that Level 1 Geography builds your understanding of our world. It challenges you to take an active interest in the environment that surrounds you while travelling, working or involved in recreational activities.

 Where does this subject lead?
This subject leads to Level 2 Geography.  It also assists students to take an active interest in the environment that surrounds them while working, travelling or taking their leisure.  Geography is also valuable for careers such as tourism, resource planning, conservation, agriculture, local government, statistics, surveying and environmental studies.

 How is the course assessed?
Level 1 Achievement Standards: 21 credits

8 credits assessed externally
13 credits assessed internally

Indicative cost   
$30 purchase of a Geography skills book is recommended.


Title Credit Value Internal / External
Literacy or Numeracy
91007     Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural event(s) 4  Ex Lit

Apply concepts and basic geographic skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment

4     Ex Num
91011 Conduct geographic research, with direction 4 In Both

Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue. 

3 In Lit

Describe aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale. 

3 In Lit

Apply spatial analysis, with direction, to solve a geographic problem.

3 In -




 Standards that are assessed in the Level 1 Geography course contribute towards the Level One National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Four of the achievement standards for the Level 1 Geography Course are internal assessments and the other two are external assessments.

There will be no reassessment opportunities available.

The externally assessed standards will be undertaken during the 2020 national examination period.

Throughout the year formative assessment of Geographic skills will take place. Practice examination in Week 8 & 9 of Term 3 are used to inform learning for external exams. 

The results from these practice assessments will count towards any compassionate consideration where “Derived Grades” are required and "top of the class" calculation.  See the NCEA Student Handbook for more details.