GY2000 - Geography - NCEA Level 2 (course endorsement available)

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What is Geography?

Geography explores the relationships and connections between people and their natural and cultural environments. Geography investigates the ways in which features are arranged on the Earth’s surface and describes and explains the patterns and processes that create them. Students learn to think spatially and use maps, visual images and new technologies to obtain, present and analyse information. Geography can be studied at tertiary level as a science or humanities subject. It leads to a wide variety of careers in environmantal and urban planning and the public sector.

What this course involves

At this level, students study how a large natural environment has evolved over time and created specific landscape features. Students are also asked to consider the differences between developed and less developed countries and how these differences affect their people and society. Issues such as access to safe water and the generation of wind power are considered on both a national and an international level.

Basic geographic skills and techniques are expanded and the ability to analyse and interpret an array of data is developed. There is the opportunity to conduct a survey, process the results, reach conclusions and critically evaluate the research findings.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Students should have a reasonable level of literacy.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
91240 Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment 2 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SSeService Industries sector-related standard
91242 Demonstrate geographic understanding of differences in development 3 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91243 Apply geography concepts and skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment 2 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
91244 Conduct geographic research with guidance 3 5 Internal
lnaLiteracy and numeracy achievement standard
UEnaUE numeracy achievement standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91245 Explain aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue 3 3 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91246 Explain aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale 3 3 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SeService Industries recommended standard