Geography is a living, breathing subject that stimulates a sense of wonder about the world.  It is a dynamic subject that looks at current and relevant issues and processes that exist in the world today. Geography students are equipped to make sense of a complex and changing world and their place in it. As a University Entrance subject, Geography provides Selwyn students with learning experiences in places such as Rotorua, Muriwai and Auckland City.


Students will learn how to develop their Geographic skills through, mapping, graphing, researching and problem solving. They will become more aware of how people interact with both natural and cultural environments. Students are able to gain NCEA Literacy and Numeracy credits, which are vital for students wanting to excel at all Levels.


Level 1

Level 1 builds on the concepts and skills taught in the Junior Social Science programme. 
Students learn about the global patterns of earthquakes and the natural processes that cause earthquakes. Students also conduct research and collect primary data on the streets and docks of the Auckland CBD. In addition to this, students will study a contemporary geographic issue in New Zealand and then explore the demography of New Zealand and Japan.

Level 2

Level 2 builds on the geographic concepts and skills from Level 1 and follows a similar schedule of internals and externals. In 2018, students focus on differences in development in two diverse countries – India and Qatar. There is also a focus on a global issue, which is selected by the students, with topics such as Terrorism, Desertification and Civil Rights being popular choices. For the research based internal, students travel to Rotorua to investigate the sustainability and impacts of tourism in Rotorua. Geographic skills and concepts are taught throughout the year.


Level 3

Level 3 involves an in-depth analysis of the interaction between human and natural environments. Students analyse current geographic issues such as the Dakota Access Pipeline in the USA and the impacts that a significant event, such as Polyfest, has on the environment. In addition to this, students learn key geographic skills and concepts that will be applied in a research based internal which involves examining a current issue or topic of relevance in Auckland Central. Students finish the year by studying interacting natural processes that produce the features of the Muriwai Coastal Environment.  


Geography equips students with the knowledge and skills to interpret the world in which they live. Through purposeful study, students develop geographical understandings that lead to a diverse range of career options:

  • Urban Planner
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Specialist
  • Park Ranger
  • Demographer (Population Studies)
  • Climatologist
  • Diplomat
  • Policy Advisor
  • Tourism Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Research Advisor
  • Meteorologist