Level 1 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Recommended Prior Learning

This course has no prerequisites; open entry to all.

Geography focuses on the relationship between people and the environment.  This is a practical, real-life course, which can lead on to Levels 2 and 3 Geography and Tourism. It is also a subject that opens further careers beyond school as well as university study. 

Course Overview

What is taught in courses varies from year to year. This course could include:
This course covers:

- Geographic Issues

- Geographic Research

- Recreation and its Environmental Impacts

- Global Geographic Issues

- Extreme Natural Events (Earthquakes)

- Geographic Skills


Social Science


Level 2 Geography, Level 2 Tourism

Geography is a course that is helpful in careers such as a town planner, meteorologist, geo-scientist, surveyor, parks ranger, pilot, conservator, resource manager, teacher, forester, etc.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Field Trips:
- Day trip along the course of the Ashley River (Ashley Gorge to Waikuku)
- Three-day trip to Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura

The field trips are likely to incur expenses, to be advised during the year.


Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  


The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.