Level 3 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Recommended Prior Learning

To be accepted for this course students must have earned NCEA Level 2, or have HOF approval

Level 3 Geography is a course that offers a variety of both human and physical fields of Geographic study. At level 3, there is a focus on the oceans and coasts of the world and the impacts of Tourism on our country 

There is a mix of four internally assessed topics and one external assessment (with a possible option of a second external). The course offers the opportunity for students to visit locations such as Kaikoura, as part of their studies. For those looking towards university study, Geography is an excellent choice as it provides much of the literacy component. 

Course Overview

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

Internal topics – Coastal Research - Kaikoura, Global Patterns, Contemporary Geographic Issues, Planning, Decision making, and Event Analysis.

External topics – Tourism Development in New Zealand and overseas, Advanced Geographic Skills and ideas (optional).


Social Science

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Field trip – Kaikoura Coastal Processes.


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.