Level 3 History

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Rankin

Entry Guidelines

It is expected that students taking level 3 History will have passed the course at level 2 by gaining a minimum of 11 credits. Students wishing to take the course without studying History at level 2 will need to discuss their suitability for the course with the Teacher in Charge or Head of Faculty. It has been demonstrated that success in History is possible for students new to the subject at this level. It is surprisingly common for students who have studied History at level 1 to return in level 3. This is obviously less desirable than continuing through all three levels but it does have the benefit of providing a core understanding of the concepts, skills and assessment formats in History, enabling many who return to achieve very well.

This course has a focus on critical thinking skills, evidence analysis and research methods. Students are encouraged to follow an area of interest and develop independent research skills to comprehensively investigate significant historical places or events. Possible topics include a study of Genocide, local history, New Zealand at War, Eugenics, Global history or International politics. The internal assessments allow students to investigate areas of their own historical interest. 

SKILLS: Studying History provides a student with skills which are not confined to just the study of the past. While we learn topics that are significantly important and interesting to us the aim in Level 3 History is to improve upon the skills learnt at Level 1 and 2.  More than ever before, ours is an information-based society. People must adapt to it and handle a wide variety of information. For those planning after Year 13 to be involved in tertiary education, Level 3 History skills such as formal essay writing and gathering research material will help you in a wide variety of future education endeavours.

Do not worry if you did not take Level 1 and or 2 as the first part of Term 1 is devoted to recapping skills as well as learning what is involved at Level 3.  

These skills have considerable value and application to a wide variety of careers and occupations.  These can include the law and associated careers such as police, journalism, and aspects of private business such as in management. 

The skills include:

  • ‘Fact v Fake’: Having the skill to know what information is 'fact' or 'fake' is very important in today's world.  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 of it being reliable and trustworthy will be covered throughout the year.   
  • ‘Communication’: The ability to formally write a structured analytical and evaluative essay that is clear and concise.  The essay will provide a logical argument based on a significant event you have learnt this year. 
  • ‘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 jobs, and the ability to analyse and then prioritise information is vital to decision making.

The Historical Association - Careers in History

Alternative standards

Standards completed in this course could be adapted to include one external chosen from the following standards. Students will need to get approval to assess for any more than 18 credits, or to add an external to their course. 

  • A.S. 91436 v2 History 3.3 - Analyse evidence relating to an historical event of significance to New Zealanders - 4 credits
  • A.S. 91438 v2 History 3.5 - Analyse the causes and consequences of a significant historical event - 6 credits


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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 91434 and 91435 assessment standards.

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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.