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Geography Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 1.0
For teaching in 2021. Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2017.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Performance standards

Performance standards

Stage 1 performance standards for Geography can be viewed below. You can also download in Word format [DOC 322KB].

To learn more about what performance standards are, how they are used, and other general information, see performance standards and grades

  Knowledge and Understanding Analysis and Evaluation Application
A

Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts.

Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of natural, built, economic, and/or social characteristics of places.

Insightful analysis of the interactions between, and interdependence of, people and environments at local, national, or global levels.

Comprehensive analysis and evaluation of information to determine possible outcomes, make justifiable recommendations, and form conclusions.
Purposeful and well-considered application of a variety of geographical and fieldwork skills, including the use of spatial technologies, to identify and examine geographical issues.

Clear and coherent communication of relevant geographical information, using appropriate subject-specific terminology and visual representations. 
B

Well-considered knowledge and informed understanding of geographical concepts.

Well-considered knowledge and informed understanding of natural, built, economic, and/or social characteristics of places.

Well-informed analysis of the interactions between, and interdependence of, people and environments at local, national, or global levels.

Detailed and well-considered analysis and evaluation of information to determine possible outcomes, make justifiable recommendations, and form conclusions. 

Well-considered application of different geographical and fieldwork skills, including the use of spatial technologies, to identify and examine geographical issues.

Clear communication of relevant geographical information, using appropriate subject-specific terminology and visual representations.

C

Considered knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts.

Considered knowledge and informed understanding of natural, built, economic, and/or social characteristics of places. 

Informed analysis of the interactions between, and interdependence of, people and environments at local, national, or global levels.

Considered analysis and some evaluation of information to determine possible outcomes, make recommendations, and form conclusions.

Competent application of geographical and fieldwork skills, including the use of spatial technologies, to identify and examine geographical issues.

Competent communication of generally relevant geographical information, using mostly appropriate subject-specific terminology and visual representations.

D

Recognition and basic understanding of some geographical concepts.

Basic awareness and some understanding of aspects of natural, built, economic, or social characteristics of places.

Basic consideration and description of the interactions between, and interdependence of, people and environments at local, national, or global levels.

Superficial consideration of information to describe possible outcomes and recommendations. 

Some application of different geographical and fieldwork skills, which may include the use of spatial technologies.

Basic communication of some geographical information, using occasional subject-specific terminology and visual representations.

E

Identification of one or more geographical concepts.

Emerging awareness of aspects of natural, built, economic, or social characteristics of places.

Brief or attempted description of the interactions between, or interdependence of, people and environments at local, national, or global levels.

Description of information linked to a possible outcome or recommendation. 

Limited application of geographical and fieldwork skills.

Attempted communication of geographical information, with limited use of subject-specific terminology or visual representations.