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Geography - Level 3


Geography is the study of places. We learn about what places are like, why they look like they do and what the issues are in that place.

Geography comprises of learning about aspects of the natural and human world and how they interact with each other. It is a good subject for people who enjoy a mix of classroom and practical work.

Course description: The Year 13 course builds on the skills and concepts covered at level 2 and prepares students for future tertiary study. This is a UE approved subject and offers 12 reading credits and 8 UE writing credits. It offers 5 credits towards level 3 numeracy.


The great ocean garbage patch

At 1.6 million square kilometres (3 times the size of France) the north Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest rubbish dump, comprised mostly of plastic.

How did it get here, how is it affecting people and the environment and what can be done about it? (3 credits, Internal)

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What to do?

What do you do when your town is built on the Alpine Fault and next to one of New Zealand's most dynamic and flood prone rivers?

Your job is to investigate the issue, understand different people’s viewpoints and opinions then come up with the best solution for the future of the Franz Josef. A highlight of this unit is a 3 day field trip to Franz Josef to learn about it first hand. (3 Credits, Internal)

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Keep it local

Students will conduct geographic research into a local topic of their choice. Topics in 2021 included; investigating a proposed cycleway on Harewood Rd, Water Quality in Lake Forsyth, Land Use in the Red Zone, Flooding in South Brighton and Pedestrian safety on Kilmarnock St  (5 Credits, Internal)

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Tourism in Las Vegas

In 2018, 42 million tourists visited Las Vegas, a city built in the Mojave Desert. Students will learn how tourism has changed the natural and human environment of Las Vegas. (4 Credits, External)

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Geographic skills and concepts

This topic draws together and assesses student’s ability to apply the wide range of geographic skills, concepts and resource interpretation that they have learnt during their geographical studies. (4 Credits, External)

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Entry requirements: Open entry, but it is recommended that students have at least 12 credits at Level 1 or Level 2 Geography. If you have not done Geography before you should have a discussion with the HOD.

Scholarship classes are offered to students who meet the criteria

Contact: Mr Meredith in RmS4, Rm309 or email mea@cghs.school.nz

The skills and knowledge learnt in Geography can lead to a diverse range of careers such as; journalism, environmental science, town planning, law, police, armed forces, aid and development, hazard management, politics, resource management, agriculture, health careers, diplomacy, tourism, GIS, glaciology, hydrology, geology, surveying, engineering and landscape design.

* Please be aware that this course has associated costs. By selecting this course, you will be requested to make contributions connected to its delivery.

The approximate costs are: $260 for the three-day field trip to Franz Josef