Level 2 Geography (L2 GEO)


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.

What will I learn?

    • How the South Island high country was created, this includes a field trip to Mt Cook.

    • Why there is a pattern of crime in Chicago.

    • How government policies can contribute to differences in development.

    • How to think spatially – by exploring patterns on the earth’s surface and using G.I.S (Geographic Information Systems).

    • How to conduct geographic research.

Learning takes place through:

    • Field trips, working in groups, taking photos, using the internet.

    • You will collect and process data from a range of resources including Arc online, land use surveys, statistics, videos and simulation games.

    • Classroom discussions

What should I have done already?

Geography at Level 1 is an advantage but is not a prerequisite for this course.

Assessment outline


Assessment regulations

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.

Where does this subject lead?

This subject leads to Level 3 Geography and beyond. It is also important in vocational areas such as town planning, geographic information systems (GIS), market research, environmental protection, agriculture, tourism, banking, local government, statistics, management, meteorology, teaching, and almost any job requiring research and communication skills.

Indicative costs

For all indicative course costs please see the course costs page.