Level 1 History (L1HIS)

What will I learn?

The stories we tell of who we are and what is important are constructed from the past.

Individuals and groups debate the importance and relevance of events and trends and this adds to our understanding of history

Historical events and change are influenced by the way that individuals and communities compete for power and control over resources and sovereignty.

Historical narratives bring places to life, and places give significance to historical narratives.

We are our history. Our history is shaped through whakapapa/ lineages, whanaungatanga/ ancestry, turangawaewae/right to belong

The following topics are covered

You will learn through role play, film, cartoon interpretation, posters, essays and documents. You will argue and debate and learn that there is usually more than one explanation.

What should I have done already?

There are no formal prerequisites, though you should have reading comprehension skills, a questioning mind, empathy and the ability to think critically.

Assessment outline

Level 1 History uses a variety of methods and is open to both written and oral presentation for assessment.


Assessment regulations

The internal achievement standards will be assessed after the appropriate topics have been taught.  

Due date: Submissions must be by the due date.  Extensions may be granted as per Mount Aspiring College NCEA rules.  Missing a deadline means 'Not Achieved' for that standard.

Submitting through Google Classroom:  For assignments set through Google Classroom, the student must submit using the 'hand in' or 'submit' button to be considered submitted.

Resubmission: In the case that the student is close to achievin and a minor change will achieve that then a resubmission may be offered at the discretion of the teacher.  Resubmissions are only for raising Not Achieved to Achieved.

Reassessment: There may be reassessment opportunities if time allows and at the teachers discretion.  Reassessment opportunities are only available to those who made a substantial effort on the first assessment and met any deadlines.  Reassessment will be undertaken by the student outside of regular class and homework tasks.  A strict deadline will be set by the teacher.

The externally assessed achievement standards will be formatively assessed using tests and exams during the year. The results from these assessments will count towards class placings and any derived grade applications if you are unable to sit final examinations.

It is vital that you read and understand the rules relating to NCEA in the section on NZQA information.  

Where does this course lead?

To a deeper understanding of the nature of the world and its peoples. To an appreciation of Aotearoa New Zealand's rich history. Also into any subject requiring critical thinking, the ability to find out for yourself, tools to examine reliability and any subject requiring literacy, including Levels 2 and 3 History.

Indicative costs

For all indicative course costs please see the course costs page.