• This short unit will introduce students to the multi-disciplinary world of Geography; the many branches of Geography both physical and social; how geographers divide the world into natural and cultural features;  as well as introducing key geographic ideas such as perception, patterns, accessibility, location, culture and regions and how they are used in Geography to categorise and explain the natural and cultural environment.
  • In this unit students will learn the basics of reading and drawing maps.  This unit will cover the essential components of a map; how to find a location on a map using square references, six-figure grid references and longitude and latitude; how to understand and interpret contour patterns and draw cross-sections; and how to calculate time zones around the world.
  • In this unit students will be able to describe what makes an extreme natural event hazardous; what are New Zealand's natural hazards; what is a volcano and what types of volcanoes exist around the world; what processes produce volcanic eruptions and what pattern this creates on a global scale; how volcanic eruptions change the natural and cultural environment and how people can increase or decrease the likelihood and/or effects of a volcanic eruption.
  • In this unit students will learn about weather formation including fronts, precipitation, cyclones, anti-cyclones, tropical cyclones, winds and extreme weather events; how to represent weather information as a graph and how to interpret weather maps and make simple weather forecasts.
  • In this unit students will study the characteristics of desert and tropical rainforest environments; examine the pattern of desert and tropical rainforest distribution around the world and why they occur where they do and how indiginous peoples interact and have adapted to these environments.
  • In this unit students will learn about the basics of population studies with a particular emphasis on the countries of Monsoon Asia; how a population can be described in terms of age, gender, religion and ethnicity; how to represent population statistics as a graph; how to calulate the natural increase of a population and what are the problems of a youthful population and an ageing population and which countries in particular these issues are likely to impact upon.
  • In this unit students will learn how to draw precis maps and precis sketches from a wide range of map resources and photos.  This unit also brings all the mapping skills together (from Map 1 and Map 2) in preparation for Level 1 Geography.