Garin College Garin College

Level 2 History

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: A. Bright.

Entry Guidelines

The best preparation for this course is to study NCEA Level 1 History. Entry without meeting this can be discussed with the Head of Faculty.

History is a complex tapestry of inter-connected events and our understanding is shaded by who we are and what we already know. Level Two History teaches students to become critical thinkers, examining complicated events like World War Two and New Zealand protest movements from multiple perspectives. We examine pivotal questions to our nation and beyond. How did a rugby tour in 1981 destroy families and divide our nation? What caused a 1985 act of French terrorism on New Zealand soil? Who were the peaceful people of Parihaka and why were they supplanted? There are lively discussions and students are encouraged to switch sides mid-debate to form more balanced and holistic views of historical events. 

Students will not only learn the research skills essential for success at university level, but explore topics of interest and relevance to the modern world.

SKILLS: While we learn topics that are significantly important and interesting to us the aim in Level 2 History is improve upon the skills learnt at Level 1.  Do not worry if you did not take Level 1 History as the first 3 - 4 weeks of Term 1 are devoted to recapping last year’s skills as well as learning what is involved at Level 2. However, there is a progression of skills from what was learnt in Year 11 History - this means that students are exposed to a higher order of thinking in Year 12. These skills are used widely in society in everyday life including most if not all careers.  It is important to note that 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.

This course covers significant events in world history that have impacted New Zealand society and which still affect us today.


Social Science


Level 3 History

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Archivist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Barrister, Minister of Religion, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Conservator, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Judge, Curator, Workplace Relations Adviser, Records Adviser, Game Developer, Photographer, Policy Analyst

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a possibility that a fieldwork trip to the Bay of Islands may take place in 2022. This would include flights to and from Auckland, transport to and around Waitangi, Russel, Kerikeri etc. accommodation, food and activity entry. The planning for this trip is in the early stages. This would not be a compulsory trip and would support 91229 and 91230 assessment standards.


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.