Year 11 Geography (ATAR)

The study of geography draws on students’ curiosity about the diversity of the world’s places and their peoples, cultures and environments. It enables them to appreciate the complexity of our world and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures and use this knowledge to promote a more sustainable way of life and awareness of social and spatial inequalities


Minimum is B grade or exam mark of 65% in Year 10 Humanities and Social Sciences.


The Year 11 syllabus is divided into two units, each of one semester duration, which are typically delivered as a pair. The notional time for each unit is 55 class contact hours.

Unit 1 – Natural and Ecological Hazards

In this unit students explore the management of hazards and the risk they post to people and environments. Risk management is defined in terms of preparedness, mitigation and/or prevention. The two depth studies will focus on natural hazards (atmospheric, hydrological or geomorphic hazards such as cyclones, floods or earthquakes) and ecological hazards (environmental/ diseases/pandemics and plant/animal invasions).

Unit 2 – Global Networks and Interconnections

In this unit students explore the economic and cultural transformations taking place in the world due to globalisation and the spatial outcomes of these processes. The two depth studies will focus on the production and consumption of a good or service (mineral resource, food good or service such as tourism) and the diffusion of an element of culture (such as fashion, sport, music, religion, language, architecture or political ideas).


Geographical Inquiry: 20%.
Fieldwork /Practical Skills: 20%.
Short and Extended Responses: 30%.
Examination: 30%