Teacher in Charge: Miss J. Foster
This course continues to develop and refine the skills learnt in Levels 1 & 2. The topics covered for the external examinations will be selected from: Natural Processes that operate to form the Omaha & Matheson Bay geographic environment. Tourism Development and how it has shaped the environment and impacted on people with case study material from Rotorua.
Geographic Skills and Concepts, focusing on the selection and application of geographic skills and concepts through the resources provided for a given environment. The internal assessments include geographic research based on a field trip, a global topic and why it is significant for people and one other assessment to be decided.
Fieldwork: One, possibly two field trips will be held during the year. These could include a 2-day trip to Rotorua (that will run on a Friday & Saturday or Sunday & Monday in terms 1 or 2) designed to experience tourism in this setting and draw on expert knowledge to help develop the students understanding of, and gather case study data for, the topic examined in the “Cultural Process” external achievement standard and/or research internal assessment. It will also be an opportunity to complete the research internal assessment (5 credits). Possibly a day trip to Omaha and Matheson Bay that could extend to 5.00 pm. This trip will involve gathering data for the topic examined in the “Natural Processes” external achievement standard.
The external Geography standards and two of the internal standards can contribute to UE Literacy (reading and/or writing) and the geographic research standard can contribute to numeracy. Geography is also one of the Table A subjects required for entry to some programmes at Auckland University.
Internal assessment 8 - 11 credits. External assessment 8 - 12 credits depending on which standards are attempted.
Recommended Prior Learning
Open entry but NCEA Level 2 is recommended. If no Level 1 and/or 2 Geography, approval from Miss Foster and there is a requirement to purchase and complete the Level 1 and/or 2 Skills workbook by the end of February. This is to familiarise you with the skills taught in Level 1 and/or 2 and needed for Level 3.