What is Geography about?

Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people.  It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time - past, present, and future.

It explores the relationships and connections between people and both natural and cultural environments.

Geography investigates the ways in which features are arranged on the earth's surface.  It describes and explains the patterns and processes that create them.

Geography is a subject taken at NCEA Levels 6, 7 and 8. Many students take Geography for 3 years, but it can be picked up at Level 2 or 3 with no previous experience.

The programme has been developed to provide an interesting regional-based context which is supported by field trips.

Geography Levels

101 Geography

  • Extreme Natural Events - field trip, Southland Flood Scheme
  • Population Studies - India and NZ
  • Geography Skills

201 Geography

  • Natural landscapes - field trip, Milford Sound
  • Development Inequalities
  • Geography skills

301 Geography

  • Natural Environment - field trip, Oreti Beach
  • Tourism - field trip, Queenstown
  • Geography skills

Developing a Wide Range of Skills

At each level, students will undertake Geographic research, examine a Geographic issue and a topic at a global scale.

Students develop a wide range of skills from map reading and drawing to graphing, paragraph writing, data analysis and making justified decisions.

Students who take Geography have the skills which are looked for by a wide range of employers and can undertake either an Arts or a Science degree at University level.

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Invercargill 9812

New Zealand


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