Level 3 History (L3HIS)

What will I learn?


  • Aspects of New Zealand and Central Otago History

  • The Palestinian/Israeli conflict and the modern Middle East or The Vietnam wars in the context of the Cold War

History is the study of real events and reactions. We look at how people have acted and what they hoped to achieve. We look at how people re-imagine the past to suit their needs. We look to how Justice can be delayed and denied.

You will examine, analyse and question why things happen. Consider whether events are the drivers of History, or something deeper. You will question and think critically. You will read widely. You will view essential texts.

What should I have done already?

Passed L2 NCEA. Have 20 level 2 credits in Geography, History, English or Economics or equivalent course. Be able to concentrate on reading for an hour or more at a time. Be able to explain ideas in writing and support those ideas with evidence.

What careers and jobs use History?

  • Diplomacy and international affairs

  • Think-tanks, policy analysts, architects

  • Lawyers, attorneys and Parliamentarians

  • International organisations such as the UN

  • Journalism, writers and editors

  • Military organisations

  • Tourist guides and preservation societies

  • Archivists, galleries and libraries

Assessment outline

Level 3 Achievement Standards: up to 31 credits

15 credits assessed internally

Up to 16 credits assessed externally

End of course qualification

History NCEA Level 3, endorsements available


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 achieving 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.

Indicative costs

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