Year 11 Geography (11GEO)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms P. Urwin


An interest in making sense of the world around us. 

The study of Geography is exciting, challenging and relevant to today’s world. Geographers study the natural processes of the physical environment, as well as the activities and consequences of humans in this environment.

Students who choose 11GEO will develop a wide understanding of what is on, above and below the earth’s surface. Geography is all about trying to make sense of the complex real-world – both natural and cultural. It is hands-on, relevant and can be a lot of fun. 

It is a very useful subject to study as it complements many different subjects and career choices (sciences and non-sciences). Of course, students can also later specialise in Geography itself and its various branches.

The Year 11 course covers the following:

  • Extreme natural events in New Zealand focussing on volcanic eruptions (including field trip to Mount Tarawera and Rotorua)

  • Internal assessments including traffic survey research and understanding how to use an environment sustainably

  • Introduction to Geographic Information Skills - computer-based mapping

  • Resource interpretation and mapping skills

  • Research skills - students can work as a group and independently using an inquiry process to carry out geographic research

Learning Areas:

Social Sciences


Year 12 Geography (12GEO)

Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Survey Technician, Historian, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Surveyor, Fishing Skipper, Urban/Regional Planner, Emergency Management Officer, Meteorologist, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Driller, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Engineer, Ranger, Landscape Architect, Geophysicist, Policy Analyst, Secondary School Teacher

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

2day field trip to Mt Tarawera and Rotorua $295 (approx).