L3GEO Geography Level 3

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Iho Whenua at Mount Aspiring College.

Te Iho Whenua – the connection between people and the earth - Geography is an exciting and interesting subject exploring the processes, connections and interactions between the physical (natural) and human environments. Throughout this course, you will build on and expand your personal experiences of natural and cultural environments using real and relevant contemporary geographic contexts. You will investigate the natural and cultural processes that shape our world, both locally and globally, this will develop an awareness of the connections between people and places. You will also undertake fieldwork investigations in different locations outside the classroom.

The three main modules are:

    • Conduct Geographic research - Student Choice from the provided list

    • Evaluate geographic issues - Student Choice and analyse global patterns

    • Apply spatial analysis to solve a problem - Location for a hospital in Central Otago.

    • Analyse the cultural process of migration - Shenzhen, China.

You will find that Level 3 Geography has more agency (choice) than in previous years and require you to demonstrate a deeper understanding of geographic concepts and contexts. You will be exposed to a wide range of research methods, practical skills and fieldwork techniques.


You are assessed by Level 3 Geography achievement standards, with credits contributing to the National Certificate ofEducational Achievement (NCEA). There is a maximum of 16 credits available and 3 optional.

THREE of the achievement standards for the Level 3 Geography Course will be assessed internally and TWO will be externallyassessed during the 2020 national examination period.

The results from these practice exams (week 8 & 9) 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.

There will be no further assessment opportunities available (at this stage).

What should I have done already?

At least 14 credits in Level 1 or Level 2 Geography or University Entrance literacy and HOD discretion.

Where does this subject lead?

Geography can be taken as part of an Arts or Science degree at university. It also prepares students for vocational areas such as market research, tourism, town planning, geographic information systems (GIS), banking, teaching, wildlife management, agriculture, and most other jobs requiring research and communication skills.

End of course qualification

Contributes to NCEA Level 3


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