Level 1Geography

What will I learn?

  • How earthquakes shape New Zealand and what impacts they have had in Christchurch. This will include a field trip to Christchurch to study the impact of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

  • Where chocolate is produced in the world, and how this impacts local communities.

  • Why some people want to build an international airport our at Tarras, and why other groups do not support this idea based on their values.

  • How to download data to create digital maps.

  • Understand how to read a map, use data to construct graphs and analyse them.

How will I learn?

Through field trips, interviewing people, listening to speakers, researching, creating posters and presentations, and class discussions.

What do I need to have to take this course?

An interest in the environment that you live in and how that is changing.

An inquring mindset to discover where things happen in the world.

Where does this subject lead?

This subject leads to Level 2 Geography. 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: 18 credits

8 credits assessed externally

10 credits assessed internally


For all indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.




The internal achievement standards will be assessed after the appropriate topics have been taught. There will be no reassessment opportunity for these standards. You will only be given the opportunity to improve on your efforts if you get small things wrong that you can be fixed with no further teaching or learning occurring (resubmission) that will bring your grade from a Not Achieved to Achieved. Because there is no reassessment, if you do not submit the assessment on the due date you have failed the standards.

The externally assessed achievement standards will be formatively assessed using tests and exams during the year. The results from these assessments will count towards class placings and any derived grade applications if you are unable to sit final examinations.

It is vital that you read and understand the rules relating to NCEA in the section on NZQA Information.