The mandatory curriculum requirements for eligibility for the award of the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) include that students:
- study the Board developed Geography syllabus substantially for each of Years 7–10, and
- complete 100 hours of Geography in Stage 4 and 100 hours of Geography in Stage 5.
Geography develops in students an interest in and engagement with the world. Through geographical inquiry students will develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environments across a range of scales in order to become informed, responsible and active citizens.
The Geography Years 7–10 course includes Life Skills outcomes and content for students with special education needs.
What will students learn about?
In Years 7–8, students will have the opportunity to explore geographical processes that influence the features of places and environments across a range of scales. They investigate how places are valued differently and interconnections within environments and between people, places and environments. Students learn about geographical phenomena, the liveability of places, and management strategies.
In Years 9–10, students will have the opportunity to explain geographical processes that transform places and environments, and explain the likely consequences of these changes. They analyse interconnections between people, places and environments and propose explanations for distributions, patterns and spatial variations over time and across scales. Students investigate changing environments, global differences in human wellbeing, and strategies to address challenges now and in the future.
What will students learn to do?
Students learn how to undertake geographical inquiry and fieldwork to build and extend knowledge and understanding about people, places and environments. They propose explanations for significant patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies in geographical phenomena. Students learn to apply geographical concepts including place, space, environment, interconnection, scale, sustainability and change to identify questions and guide their investigations.
The study of Geography also provides opportunities for students to learn to use a wide range of geographical tools including maps, fieldwork, graphs and statistics, spatial technologies and visual representations.
Fieldwork is an essential part of the study of Geography. All students must undertake fieldwork in Stage 4 and Stage 5.
Record of School Achievement
Students who have met the mandatory study requirements for Years 7–10 Geography will receive a grade for Geography for the Record of School Achievement (RoSA).
Students undertaking a course based on Life Skills outcomes and content are not allocated a grade.
Further information about the Record of School Achievement (ROSA) can be found on the NESA website.