Level 1 History

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Rankin

“Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it”.

An understanding of where we have come from is a fundamental aspect of how people participate in their own society. This course brings history alive through fascinating topics designed to engage young adults and develop their understanding that all events have causes, consequences and multiple perspectives. 

SKILLS: While we learn topics that are significantly important to us, the aim in Level 1 History is to learn and apply skills that are used widely in society in everyday life including most, if not all careers.  There are many careers where the intellectual skills developed through the study of history will be a distinct advantage. These can include the law and associated careers such as police, journalism, and aspects of private business such as in management. 

These skills include:

  • ‘Fact v Fake’: The ability to interpret pieces of information such as written articles, photographs, cartoons and websites in terms of why these were created and how to make judgments on the information in terms of it being reliable and trustworthy.   
  • ‘Communication’: The ability to formally write a structured essay and a report that are clear and concise. 
  • ‘Perspectives’: Sometimes referred to as “point of view’.  This is the ability to understand how an individual or groups position / stance has been influenced by things such as religion, country of origin, level of education, or ethnic background.  
  • 'Analysis': The skill of analysis is invaluable in many careers, as the ability to analyse and then prioritise information is vital to decision making.

Students will develop important transferable skills including; the ability to see events in History in context, to distinguish relationships, to read historical material in a discriminating way, to weigh evidence relating to historical events and issues, form judgements based on evidence and argue a case and present conclusions intelligently in structured writing.

Students develop insight into complex events such as the fight for independence of the Irish and the Palestine-Israel conflict. They will explore their own backyard in a research project of their choice. They can choose from a range of local events including the Maungatapu Murders, the Wairau Affray or the Wreck of the Delaware.

Possible Alternative External

A.S. 91003 v3 History 1.3 - Interpret sources of an historical event of significance to New Zealanders - 4 credits


Social Science


Level 2 History

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$5-10 for a local field trip.

Pathway Tags

Urban/Regional Planner, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, Construction and Infrastructure, Geospatial Specialist, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Historian, Retail Manager, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Town Planner, Teaching, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Film maker, Lawyer, Social Work, Survey Technician


An individual course will only run if sufficient students are accepted into the course.

All approvals for courses through this system are subject to satisfactory achievement in remaining internal standards and external examinations. Course Confirmation Day will run at the start of next year, where final approval for each course will be confirmed.