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Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12GSG
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2GPY20
SACE credits: 20


C or better in any Year 11 Humanities Subject or by negotiation with the Humanities Coordinator.

It is an advantage to have satisfactorily completed Stage 1 Geography.

Subject descriptor:

The course contains 2 sections:

1. Core Topic:

Students learn about environmental phenomena and human activities as diverse as natural hazards, landforms, tourism, economic development, agriculture and urban planning. They develop an understanding of the spatial interrelationships of people, places and environments and of the opportunities and challenges for, and constraints on such interactions. Students identify patterns and trends, acquiring and critically analysing field and other data using arrange of field and spatial technology skills.

2. Optional Topics:

Students must undertake case studies related to two of the following topics:

  1. Urbanisation
  2. Rural Places
  3. Tourism
  4. Sources and Use of Energy
  5. Coasts
  6. Biodiversity
  7. Climate Change
  8. Soils
  9. Environmental Hazards
  10. Globalisation
  11. Drylands
  12. Negotiated Topic


Written exercises, tests, map analysis, field work reports and essays. A field work report forms 25% of the school assessment, and an Inquiry Report a further 20%. The final examination is worth 30%, and Course Work Folio accounts for the remaining 25%.

Estimated subject fees:

Fieldwork Excursions - $20.

Further information

Geography Studies provides students with the foundations to pursue a wide range of vocational pathways including areas of environmental planning & management, local government, tourism, spatial information technology. A good option for students with a practical mind, links well with students with a Science focus.