The FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about studying geography in high school. Follow the highlighted links to learn more about specific items. If you have questions which are not answered here, we invite you to email us at info@rgsq.org.au or call us on (07) 3368-2066.


Q. What will I study in SOSE or Geography?

There are four strands within the junior years' Studies of Society and Environment key learning area, which encompasses Geography.

  • Time, Continuity and Change

  • Place and Space

  • Culture and Identity

  • Systems, Resources and Power

The Senior Geography course is comprised of four units mandated by the QSA – Managing the Natural Environment, People and Development, Resources and Environment, and Social Environment. Each school interprets these units individually, and determines how they will teach them. You will find that most geography teachers are creative in the units they teach, and that they're always being updated to meet the changing world we live in.

Q. Is it fun?

Students studying senior geography should expect to spend at least two hours a week outside of the classroom doing homework – about the same as any other senior level subject. That's the bad news. The good news is that most geography students get to participate in cool field trips – usually one-day trips to local sites, but many schools hold multi-day field trips to locations such as Fraser Island, that really let students put their theory into practise.

Q. Can I pick up Geography in Year 11, if I haven't studied it before?

Most schools require at least one semester of Studies of Society and Environment in years 8 and/or 9, providing students with some background. It is sometimes possible to choose Geography as an Authority subject for senior studies even if you have not studied it before. Check with your guidance counsellor for any school-specific regulations.

Q. Where does studying geography lead?

Geography is ideal for many career paths, both requiring further formal study, and available to the school-leaver. Arts or Science and Environmental degrees, as well as studies in Tourism, Planning and Architecture, all benefit from the knowledge and skills you get while studying geography in high school. Students planning on studying Law (especially Environmental Law) and Teaching will also benefit from studying geography, due to the critical thinking skills they'll develop.